Saint Egbertus (1959) Albert Termote

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About the artwork

On the Cordesstraat in Hoek van Holland is the Roman Catholic Sint Egbertuskerk, designed by architect Herman de Vries. A facing brick has been applied to the facade; a sculpture of the saint Saint Egbertus made by sculptor Albert Termote. Saint Egbertus is elegantly and humanly portrayed. He seems to be looking down at the community from a higher position. Just as the gaze is turned downwards and the body is turned sideways, Termote brings much physicality and dynamism into the image. The sculpture benefits the church building from a compositional point of view. The church was built in 1960, but the bell tower is from after 1993 and is therefore placed around the relief of the façade, with a feeling for both the building and the artwork.

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About the artist

Albert Termote (Lichtervelde, 1887 - Voorburg, 1978) was a student at the academy in Ghent, among others George Minne and would later teach as Charlotte van Pallandt as a teacher at the Hague academy. He was a traditional sculptor. He made a lot of ecclesiastical art and (equestrian) statues, also often in front of squares in churches. In the The Hague region he received many commissions from Catholic architects from the 1930s. He made many images of saints and in the reconstruction many related assignments in the corner of Wageningen and Limburg.

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