ⓘ Statue of Erasmus
In 1674, the statue was deposed for repairs as it was at risk of falling over. It was re-erected on 22 April 1677.
The current pedestal is a modern copy of the one that was created on this occasion. It displays two inscriptions in Latin. The first quote, by writer and illustrator Joachim Oudaan 1628-1692, reads: DESIDERIO ERASMO / MAGNO SCIENTIARVM ATQUE LITTERATVRAE / POLITIORIS VINDICI ET INSTAVRATORI / VIRO SAECVLI SVI PRIMARIO / CIVI OMNIVM PRAESTANTISSIMO / AC NOMINIS IMMORTALITATEM SCRIPTIS / AEVITERNIS IVRE CONSECVTO / S.P.Q. ROTERODAMVS / NE QVOD TANTIS APVD SE / SVOSQVE POSTEROS / VIRTVTIBVS PRAEMIVM DEESSET / STATVAM HANC EX AERE PVBLICO / ERIGENDAM CVRAVERUNT. The second quote, by Nicolaas Heinsius the Elder, reads: BARBARIAE TALEM SE DEBELLATOR ERASMVS / MAXIMA LAVS BATAVI NOMINIS ORE TVLIT / REDDIDIT EN FATIS ARS OBLVCTATA SINISTRIS / DE TANTO SPOLIVM NACTA QVOD VRNA VIRO EST / INGENII COELESTE IVBAR MAIVSQVE CADVCO / TEMPORE QVI REDDAT SOLVS ERASMVS ERIT.
It was hit by cannon from Napoleons troops in 1810.
In 1940 ahead of the German invasion, the statue was moved to a protected location, buried under the courtyard of the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. On 29 July 1945 it was re-erected, intact, on Coolsingel; it was moved to its current location in 1964.
It was listed as a Rijksmonument on 11 September 1973.
The statue was torn down by vandals in 1996 but did not suffer major damage. It was subsequently repaired and re-erected on 29 January 1998.
1. Erasmus Monument
In October 2016, a separate Erasmus monument was unveiled nearby, on the site of the house where Erasmus was born in 1466 according to current scholarly consensus. It evokes the disappeared houses facade and is covered with blue-and-wide tiles that evoke Erasmus and his works.
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