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Erasmus Quellinus II, the Younger

Antwerp 1607 - 1678

Erasmus Quellinus II was the son of the sculptor Erasmus I and brother of the sculptor Artus and the engraver Hubertus. He was born in Antwerp in 1607, probably beginning his apprenticeship with his father and continuing later in the studio of Rubens, of whom he was the principal collaborator in 1630. In 1632 he entered the St Lucas Guild and in 1634 married Catherina de Hemelaer. He collaborated with Rubens in 1635 in the decoration for the state entry of the Cardinal Infante in Antwerp, and in 1636 in the decoration of the Parada Tower, succeeding him on his death in 1640 as the official painter of Antwerp and official designer of Plantin-Moretus. By virtue of these posts he completed the decoration of the city in 1648 for the entry of Duke Leopold-William, in 1657 for that of Don John of Austria, and in 1661 for the Treaty of the Pyrenees, likewise designing the catafalques of Prince Balthasar Charles in 1647 and Philip IV in 1665. After the death of his wife Catharina in 1662, he married Francisca de Fren and died on 7th November 1678. His religious and mythological scenes, painted with monumental character, sketched facture, and light colours reveal the influence of P. P. Rubens, but also, after 1640, of N. Poussin, who brings to mind the “Romanist” sea of Antwerp painters of the second half of the 17th century.

The Holy Family

The Holy Family