Jan Karel Steppe

Professor Jan Karel Steppe (1918-2009) was a renowned specialist of Flemish tapestry, early Netherlandish painting (notably Jan van Eyck and Hieronymus Bosch), medieval sculpture, religious (micro)architecture and sixteenth-century Spanish collectors of Netherlandish art. His archives were donated to Illuminare in 2010 and 2018. They consist of a rich variety of resources, including books, articles, handwritten…

Antoine de Schryver

Antoine de Schryver (1924-2005) was a Belgian art historian and professor at Ghent University, where he lectured on medieval art. He was a specialist in the field of illuminated manuscripts and paintings of the Burgundian Netherlands. His documentation was donated to Illuminare in 2005. De Schryver left behind approximately 75 meters of research resources, including books,…

Published: “New Perspectives on Flemish Illuminations, Corpus of Illuminated Manuscripts 22”

This volume of essays aims to give an overview of the current state of the research and the new perspectives it offers. Under the joint leadership of the Manuscripts Department of Illuminare, the Study Centre for Medieval Art at the University of Leuven, the Royal Library of Belgium and the Royal Institute for cultural Heritage this publication collects a series of studies that reflect the richness and artistic interactions in this unique period.

Hans Nieuwdorp

Hans Nieuwdorp is a Belgian art historian and honorary curator of the Antwerp Art Museums. He was the former head of the Mayer van den Bergh Museum in Antwerp (1976-2009). Nieuwdorp, an eminent specialist in the field of medieval and early modern sculpture, donated his extensive documentation on Flemish carved altarpieces to Illuminare in 2014. Illuminare…

Bert Cardon

Bert Cardon (1946-2015), honorary professor at KU Leuven, was a specialist of illuminated manuscripts and late medieval typology. He was the co-founder and former director of Illuminare. If you would like to consult the archives or if you wish to receive the latest inventory, do not hesitate to contact us via illuminare@kuleuven.be.  

Illuminare Image Database

The Illuminare Image Database (IID), a work in progess, is an open access research database for medieval and early modern illuminated manuscripts. The database consists of more than 19,000 digitised slides with accompanying metadata (in English) from the archival collections of Illuminare. The slide collection was assembled by the centre between 1983 and 1999. Most of…