“A better picture will be given by his writings.” For example, Erasmus put his own portrait on the token that he, as a kind of business gift or business card, distributed to friends and acquaintances. Vanity? He was certainly mediagenic and vain. Now, after the themes of shame, manipulation, madness and black-and-white thinking, the skull of Erasmus is not the most logical successor, you might think. But appearances are deceptive. Just the simple fact that our entire identity – with associated behavior and emotions – is housed in our brain, is reason enough to bring an ode to the skull.