Quellinus or Quellin, Artus (ärˈtəs kvĕlēˈnəs, kvĕlˈĭn) [key], 1609–68, Flemish sculptor. His allegorical figures decorating the royal palace of Amsterdam are famous. Quellinus was the outstanding follower of the Rubens tradition in sculpture. In addition to his baroque architectural decorations, he made numerous fine busts and figurines. His cousin Artus Quellin, 1625–1700, worked under his direction at Amsterdam. The younger man soon showed an independent talent in works that he created for the cathedrals of Antwerp and Tournai. The refined elegance of his early art developed into a dramatic baroque illusionism in the figure of God the Father (1682) for the rood screen of the cathedral of Bruges.
The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.