Filip Vermeylen (born Antwerp, 1966) studied early modern European history at the universities of Antwerp and Leuven. In 1993 he went to New York to attend graduate school at Columbia University. In December 2000, he successfully defended a dissertation on the history of the Antwerp art market during the tumultuous sixteenth century. Meanwhile in 1998, he had taken up a position as a researcher at the Rubenianum in Antwerp where he studied the complex relationship between art and economics in all its facets. After obtaining his Ph.D., he became a postdoctoral fellow for the Fund for Scientific Research-Flanders. The dissemination of Flemish art during the Ancien Régime was the focus of this research.


During the Summer of 2006, Filip Vermeylen joined the ranks of the Faculty of History and Arts at the Erasmus University. He teaches various courses in the Master’s program Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship of which he was also the coordinator (2006-2013). He conducts research on a wide range of issues dealing with the economics of art and culture, with a particular focus on art markets past and present. Since 2009 he is the project leader of NWO-research project entitled ‘Artistic exchanges and cultural transmission in the Low Countries, 1572-1672: mobility of artists, works of art and artistic knowledge’.

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