QUELLINUS, Artus II
(b. 1625, Sint-Truiden, d. 1700, Antwerpen)

God the Father

1682
Marble
Sint-Salvatorkathedraal, Bruges

Quellinus's God the Father, which adorns the rod screen of Bruges Cathedral, owes its penetrating expressiveness to a dynamic involvement with its environment. God the Father appears in the heavens, seated on clouds and surrounded by angels, blessing the devout onlookers. The role of God floating protectively above the world is strikingly presented as if in a fleeting moment. The pictorial and tactile treatment of the marble is remarkable.

The generous plasticity of his work, its stresses on gesture, its opulence and its handling of draperies make Quellinus almost a rival - in sculpture - of Rubens.