Desiderius Erasmus was a famous Renaissance humanist, theologian and philosopher who was born in Rotterdam, in 1467.
This bronze statue of Desiderius Erasmus happens to be the oldest statue in the Netherlands. The Dutch sculptor Hendrick de Keyser received the commission for the statue in 1618. It was placed on the Grote Markt in 1622 and remained there until the bombing of May 1940. It survived the attack and was buried in the courtyard of Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, where it remained until after the liberation in 1945.
The statue was eventually re-positioned on the Coolsingel until September 1963, before it had to make way for the metro line.
Since 1964, the statue of Erasmus has been standing tall at Grotekerkplein, outside Laurenskerk (English: Laurens Church), right here in Rotterdam.
There is an exact copy of the above mentioned statue, printed in 3D, located nearby.