Ingenium Alatum


Winged Mind

Renaissance genius Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam had a truly winged talent. During his life he acquired advanced knowledge from a variety of disciplines and made original contributions to them. His impact transcended political and confessional borders. He was also the most renowned leader of the Respublica Litteraria (the Republic of Letters), an international community of intellectuals. Through the ages Erasmus has continued to inspire that idea through his personal example. 

This bronze image depicts Erasmus with wings on his cap. A winged helmet as a symbol of speed was an attribute of the Greek god Hermes and his Roman counterpart Mercury, the messenger of the gods and the god of commerce. Let this image be a symbol for the creative academic mind in the field of management, and the speed of new knowledge that grows in an international community of experts and influences activities around the world. 

The Ingenium Alatum sculpture is handed out to ERIM’s PhD Candidates upon successfully defending their dissertation. The handing out of the sculpture is part of the official PhD defense ceremony. Each sculpture is numbered; the number corresponds to the publication number of the defended dissertation in the ERIM PhD Series. Ingenium Alatum is an open edition ERIM sculpture. Every year, ERIM hands out 30 to 40 of these numbered sculptures.

Technical details

Height: 20 cm
Weight: 825 gr
Bronze alloy: Rg7
Initials: EH
Numbered series
Appliance: hanging and standing

Sculpted by Elly Hendrix