I studied at the Universities of Brussels, Lille, Jawaharlal Nehru in New Delhi and Aix-en-Provence; till my retirement in 2018, I was research fellow at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris and taught Indian art history at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. My research has focused on various iconographic and stylistic issues concerning the art of Eastern India and Bangladesh and the murals of Bagan (Burma), resulting in the publication of papers and books, for instance The Buddhist Murals of Pagan, Timeless vistas of the cosmos (Bangkok, 2003); The Bejewelled Buddha from India to Burma, New Considerations (New Delhi/Kolkata, 2010) and The forgotten Place, Stone Sculpture at Kurkihar (New Delhi, 2014).

Fields of research and research projects

My current research bears on the emergence and thriving of the Brahmanical iconography before the 9th century in Bihar and Bengal and on the relationship between Buddhist and Brahmanical institutions as betrayed by the iconography of their respective pantheons.

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