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(bapt Antwerp, Oct 7, 1630; bur Antwerp, Oct 12, 1702).
Flemish sculptor . He probably trained with Artus Quellinus (i), with whom he may have collaborated on the marble reliefs of the Stadhuis (built 1648–65), now the Royal Palace, Amsterdam. He became a master in the Guild of St Luke in Antwerp relatively late, in 1661 or 1662. He may have held the post of sculptor to William III, Prince of Orange. His high contemporary reputation is attested by the remarks on the excellent quality of his work in the travel diary for 1687 of the Swedish architect Nicodemus Tessin (ii).
Many of Willemssens’s works, both religious and secular, are untraced. Among those that survive is a pulpit (1673–5; in situ) supported by four allegorical statues for the St Jacobskerk in Antwerp. The statue of Theology is imbued with a refined elegance of a late Baroque character, while the figure of Truth recalls the classicizing style of François Du Quesnoy’s ...