[Kwelien; Quellien; Quellincs; Quellingh]
Flemish family of artists.
(b ?St-Truiden, Liège, c. 1584; d Antwerp, Jan 22, 1640).
Sculptor. He became a master in the Antwerp Guild of St Luke in 1606. He married Betje van Uden, the sister of the painter, draughtsman and engraver Lucas van Uden, and the couple had three sons: the painter (2) Erasmus Quellinus (ii), the sculptor (3) Artus Quellinus (i) and the engraver Hubertus Quellinus (1619–87). Their daughter Cornelia married Peeter Verbrugghen (i). Erasmus the elder is best known as a sculptor of works after the Antique, and his success in Antwerp is endorsed by the number of posts that he held between 1610 and 1627 in the Societies of the Walloons and of the Immaculate Conception, as well as by the number of his pupils. Gabriels’s suggestion that Erasmus produced only ornaments is incorrect; documents show that he also executed individual statues, although none has survived. His only known extant work is the oak pulpit (...