His research interests focus on fifteenth-century painters in the Low Countries, their socio-economic background and their relations with Italian artists and patrons. Jan (°1973) holds Master’s degrees in Mathematics from Ghent University (1995) and in Art History from KU Leuven (2020) and wrote his thesis on the identification of Giannino Arnolfini in Jan van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait.
His publications, La berretta del condottiero. Alle origini di un’iconografia quattrocentesca (Predella, 2020), Finalizing the case for Giannino Arnolfini: new information about the sitter in the Arnolfini portrait and his relation to Van Eyck (Simiolus, 2021), De Brugse schilders na Jan van Eyck. De socio-economische context van de schilders en hun ateliermedewerkers (Handelingen van het Genootschap voor Geschiedenis in Brugge, 2022) mark an interest in archival based art-historical research, closely collaborating with historians.
His current research is supervised by Prof. Jan van der Stock and Prof. Jan Dumolyn (Ghent University) and is primarily focused on the social networks of post-Eyckian painters and technical analysis of their paintings. Since 2021 this research project is funded by an FWO-Fellowship.