Lieve Watteeuw

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Born1959 (age 62–63)
Bruges, Belgium
NationalityBelgian
CitizenshipBelgium
EducationPhD in Art History
Alma materUniversity of Leuven (KU Leuven)
OccupationArt historian and Conservator-restorer of manuscripts, early prints and drawings
Years active1989-present
Known forKnown for her extensive research into medieval illuminated manuscripts and miniatures

Lieve Watteeuw (Bruges, 1959) is a Belgian art historian and conservator-restorer of manuscripts, early prints and drawings. She is known for her extensive research into medieval illuminated manuscripts and miniatures. She is a professor at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) and is the head of the Book Heritage Lab [1] under the university’s Faculty of Theology and religious sciences.

Career

Watteau studied art conservation and restoration at the HICOREB (Higher Institute for the Conservation and Restoration of Books, Gent), and History of Art at KU Leuven. In 2008 she attained her PhD with a dissertation on the History of the Restoration of Medieval Manuscripts in Belgium.

Watteau has studied and applied her conservation expertise to a number of renowned and emblematic medieval manuscripts and books. These include the ‘Codex Eyckensis’ (Church Treasury Maaseik), the ‘Chroniques de Hainaut’ (KBR), the ‘Breviarium Mayer van den Bergh’ (Antwerp) and the ‘The Bible of Anjou’(KU Leuven)[2]. She has led and coordinated several major research projects relating to the conservation of medieval art and artifacts, including the unique ‘Enclosed Gardens’ at the Hof van Busleyden (Mechelen), the Charters of the Old University of Leuven (KU Leuven), and the medieval manuscripts of the Abbey Ten Duinen (Mayor Seminary, Bruges).

She curated various exhibitions, including ‘The Bible of Anjou. A Royal Manuscript Revealed’ (2009, Museum M, Leuven), ‘Books under Fire’ (Universiteitsbibliotheek, Leuven, 2015), and ‘Magnificent Middle Ages’ (Museum Plantin-Moretus, Antwerp, 2013) together with Catherine Reynolds. In 2018 she collaborated with the Berlinde de Bruyckere on the exhibition ‘It almost seems a Lily’ in the Hof van Busleyden, Mechelen. In 2004 Lieve Watteeuw received the Flemish award for Cultural Heritage[3] from the Government of the Flemish Community.

In 2016 she founded the Book Heritage Lab at KU Leuven, a center of expertise dedicated to advanced studies on the material history of medieval and early modern books, with a special focus on book archaeology, production, preservation, including through innovative scientific imaging technologies.

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