Professor Jan Van der Stock
Jan Van der Stock (1959) studied at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven, 1977-1982) and obtained his doctorate in 1995 with a thesis on the development of the printed image in the 15th and 16th centuries (Printing images in Antwerp: the introduction of printmaking in a city: fifteenth century to 1585 (Studies in Prints and Printmaking, 2), Rotterdam, 1998). At present he is a full time senior lecturer. From 1999 to 2004 he was also a special professor of Printmaking and Drawing at Leiden University.
Jan Van der Stock has curated several major exhibitions. The first of these, Stad in Vlaanderen. Cultuur en maatschappij 1477-1787 (commissioned by the Flemish government), was held in 1991 in Brussels and Vienna. In 1993 he was the project leader of the seven historical exhibitions of Antwerp93. Cultural Capital of Europe. In 1996 and 1997, with Maurits Smeyers, and once again commissioned by the Flemish government, he curated the exhibition Flemish Illuminated Manuscripts 1475-1550 (St Petersburg, Hermitage Museum; Florence, Museo Bardini and Antwerp, Royal Museum of Fine Arts). He was chairman of the organizing committee of the exhibition Medieval Mastery. Book Illumination from Charlemagne to Charles the Bold (800-1475) (Leuven,2002), Rogier van der Weyden 1400-1464. Master of Passions (Leuven, 2009), and The Bible of Anjou - Napels 1340 - A Royal Manuscript revealed (Leuven, 2010). He was the initiator and driving force behind the municipal project In Search of Utopia (Leuven, 2016).
Jan Van der Stock lectures on printmaking, iconography, iconology and medieval art.