His research interests focus on fifteenth-century painters and sculptors 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. During his studies, he held an internship at the Art & History Museum in Brussels. His lifelong passion for Italian language and culture arose while visiting as Erasmus student at the Università La Sapienza in Rome (1995).
His first publication, La berretta del condottiero. Alle origini di un’iconografia quattrocentesca (Predella, 2020) marks an interest in art-historical research, working closely 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 artistic transfer from the workshop of Jan van Eyck to Petrus Christus, including elements such as social networks and patronage, with a particular interest in the material analysis of post-Eyckian paintings attributed to Petrus Christus.