Jan Baptist Bedaux studied art history and archaeology at the universities of Louvain (Belgium) and Utrecht (The Netherlands). He started working as assistant professor in 1975 at the department of Medieval Art of the Institute for Art History of Utrecht University. In 1978 he became an associate professor of the history of art at the department for Art History and Archaeology of VU University Amsterdam, where he tenured until December 2005. In 2006 he set up as an art consultant in the field of Western and African art. He is a collector of African art since 1975, especially the art of the Dogon. He founded the tribal art gallery Bedaux Art in Brussels in 2007. He continues his work as an art historian on a free-lance basis.

In 1990 he obtained his doctorate with the dissertation The reality of symbols. Studies in the iconology of Netherlandish art 1400-1800. He is the author of numerous publications on the iconology and art theory of Netherlandish art. Since 1990 he has been publishing work in the field of the sociobiology of the arts in the broadest sense. He was one of the founders of the study Word and Image  at VU University Amsterdam and initiator of the successful course Art and the Market at the same university. He was visiting professor and gave numerous lectures at home and abroad. He curated several successful exhibitions among others Pride and Joy Children’s Portraits in the Netherlands 1500-1700 at the Frans Halsmuseum in Haarlem and the Museum voor Schone Kunsten in Antwerp (2000-2001).

He has been a supervisor or co-supervisor of several Ph.D. students (Wolter Seuntjens, On Yawning. The Hidden Sexuality of the Human Yawn , VU University Amsterdam, Amsterdam 2005, cum laude; Karen Parham, The Ideas of Perfection in the Work of Jan van Ruusbroeck: A Darwinian Approach, University of Hull, 2005).





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