From 1968 to 1972 Jan Jansen (°1950) studied Germanic Philology (KU Leuven). He worked as a teacher, became head master of a grammar school in 2002 and retired in 2010. He then took up art studies and in 2014 he graduated as Master of Art Studies/Master of Arts (KU Leuven).

As an intern at the Print Room of the Royal Library of Belgium (KBR) he grew interested in 16th century engravings by Dutch and Flemish monogrammists and anonyms. His master thesis consists of a catalogue raisonné of this specific part of the KBR collection, research on how it was acquired and on the most prominent monogrammist in it, Master S.

His recently started Ph. D. project, supervised by prof. dr. Jan Van der Stock, focuses on the engravings of the Master S-group, the output of a fertile early South Netherlandish workshop, with an update of Hollstein’s catalogue (1956). An additional line of research is how these and similar engravings were used in (para)liturgical manuscripts in the first half of the 16th century.