Erasmus (1469～1536) was born in Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
He was poor, but received education at a theological
school and studied in France, England, Germany and Italy. He published
many works such as 'The Praise of Folly' and became one of Europe's best
known humanists of the Middle Ages.
"The statue of Erasmus" was set up at the stern of 'De Liefde'
as a guardian angel.