Lieve Watteeuw

Professor Lieve Watteeuw


Lieve Watteeuw studied Art History at KU Leuven and is since 1989 conservator-restorator of books, manuscripts and library materials. Her academic activity is concentrated in the border of medieval manuscript illumination, book production, art-technical research, and conservation/preservation strategies for heritage libraries. In 2008 she got her PhD at the KU Leuven, with a research on the historiography of the restoration of manuscripts. Since 2009 Lieve Watteeuw is coordinator of the ICOM-CC Working Group Graphic Documents. In spring 2010, she was guest scholar at the J.P. Getty Research Institute and the J.P. Getty Museum, Manuscript conservation Department in Los Angeles. She is currently working at the publication of her PhD research on the History of Conservation of Medieval Manuscripts (Chronos' Touch. Caring for the Medieval Manuscript (1731-1937), Theory and History of Conservation (Corpus of Illuminated Manuscripts, 19), Leuven , 2014 (forthcoming). She is working in collaboration with the Royal Library of Belgium and the Royal Institute of Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA) and is consultant 'collection care, conservation and preservation' for Belgian museums and heritage libraries.

Lieve Watteeuw is lecturing in the Art History and the History Department at KU Leuven (Technology and Laboratory Methods, Illuminated Manuscripts & Codicology) and is library heritage researcher in the Faculty of Theology. From 2008 to 2012 she was coordinating The Anjou Bible Research Project and she is curator of the exhibition The Anjou Bible. Naples 1340, a Royal Manuscript Revealed in Museum M, Leuven. In 2013 she published with Catherine Reynolds the Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts of the Museum Plantin-Moretus, Antwerp and curated the exhibition Magnificent Middle-Ages in the same Museum. Current research projects are the Leuven-Louvain Illuminations Catalogue, the Missal from Berchem and the Manuscript from Sawalo (Museum Mayer van den Bergh, Antwerp). She is coordinating the research topics in the conservation project of the 'Enclosed Gardens' of Mechelen, a master project in context of the forthcoming In search of Utopia exhibition in 2016.   

With the digital laboratory of KU Leuven and ESAT she is developing the RICH Project, funded by the Hercules Foundation (2012-2015, Reflecting Imaging for Cultural Heritage).



- Illuminated manuscripts
- Miniatures
- Codicology
- Bookbindings
- Art-technological research
- Scientific imaging
- Conservation and restoration
- Heritage and museology