Rien Poortvliet (1932-1995) is remembered by many people for his 'Gnome' books. The amazing talent of Poorvliet is however better illustrated in his animal books. I have never seen an illustrator better capture the personality and beauty of animals! In his field Poortvliet certainly was one of the greatest living illustrators.
Poortvliet often spoke of his religious life in his books, but most apparent in his book "Hij was een van ons" ('He Was One of Us: The Life of Jesus of Nazareth'). Here the life of Christ is portrayed by Poortvliet in a humble fashion. The book is quite touching!