The Jean-Pierre De Bruyn Collection

This collection consists of documentation and a research archive relating to Erasmus Quellinus II (1607-1678).


In 2014-2018 Jean-Pierre De Bruyn donated his research archive relating to Erasmus Quellinus II to the Rubenianum. De Bruyn completed his doctorate on the artist at the University of Ghent in 1982. His research led to the first monograph on Quellinus, published in 1988.

The research on Quellinus continued to dominate De Bruyn’s career, culminating in the exhibition ‘Dans le sillage de Rubens, Erasme Quellin’ in the Musée de Flandre, Cassel in 2014, the first monographic exhibition dedicated to this artist. The exhibition catalogue contains a comprehensive bibliography and a revised overview of Quellinus’ oeuvre.

Content and structure

The collection mainly includes books, auction catalogues, correspondence and extensive documentation, including images, concerning Erasmus Quellinus II. In addition, part of the collection contains information on other art-historical subjects deriving from the various positions that De Bruyn held during his professional carreer.

The collection has been meticulously classified and provided with a thorough inventory.

For more background information, see the The Rubenianum Quarterly 2015/1.

Consulting this source

The archival collection is completely inventoried and searchable in our archival database. The material can be consulted in our reading room after a request through our collection catalogue. The library collection and the loose records within it are still being prepared for use.