Jan Karel Steppe (1918-2009) was a Belgian art historian and full professor at KU Leuven. He 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 notes and audiovisual material (glass slides, microforms, prints, audio cassettes, videotapes and photo albums). A tribute book, entitled¬†Netherlandish Art and Luxury Goods in Renaissance Spain (Harvey Miller Publishers), was published by Illuminare in 2018. It celebrates Steppe’s life-long endeavors through essays written by contemporary scholars following his lead.

If you would like to consult the archives or if you wish to receive the latest inventory (which is still a work in progress), do not hesitate to contact us via illuminare@kuleuven.be.


Interview with Jan Karel Steppe (De Standaard, 1967)