Dr. J.L.L. (Louk) Tilanus

  • Lecturer
  • Art history
  • Sculpture

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2166
E-Mail: j.l.l.tilanus@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Centre for the Arts in Society, KG Moderne beeldende kunst


Dr Tilanus' research is mainly concerned with sculpture; his interests range from portal sculptures to French cathedrals to war memorial monuments, portraits and small plastic art. What fascinates him is the variety of spatial forms which were used in the course of time to instil the human body with a certain emotion; an emotion which is at times religious and at other times moral or nationalistic, and sometimes all of these at once, with numerous possibilities. The research focuses on the continuation of the representations from the classical tradition. Dr Tilanus prefers to present his research by means of exhibitions with catalogues; it is important to him to reach not only his colleagues but also the wider public.

Curriculum Vitae

Born in 1949. He studied Humanities and Philosophy at the University of Ghent and obtained his dissertation  in 1984 under the supervision of H.L.C. Jaffé with a study on the sculptor Mari Andriessen. Since 1976 he has been a lecturer and researcher attached to the Art Historical Institute of Leiden University.
In 1991 he organised the exhibition ’The torso in the Netherlands’ in the Museum of Dordrecht and this was followed in 1992 by the exhibition 'Jan C.A.W. Mulder - Een alleenganger in Zweden' in the Municipal Museum of Schiedam. He is co-author of the Dutch edition of Honoré de Balzac’s ‘Le chef-d’oeuvre inconnu’.

Last Modified: 10-12-2015