Jan Baptist Bedaux studied art history and archaeology at the universities of Louvain (Belgium) and Utrecht (The Netherlands).
He started working as assistant professor in 1975 at the department of Medieval Art of the Institute for Art History of
the State University of Utrecht. In 1978 he became associate professor of the history of art at the department
for Art History and Archaeology of the Free University of Amsterdam, where he worked until December 2005.
In 2006 he set up as an art consultant in the field of Western and African art.
He continues his work as an art historian on a free-lance basis.
In 1990 he obtained his doctorate with the dissertation The reality of symbols.
Studies in the iconology of Netherlandish art 1400-1800. He is the author of numerous publications
on the iconology and art theory of Netherlandish art. Since 1990 he has published also in the field
of the sociobiology of the arts in the broadest sense. He was one of the founders of the study
'Word and Image' at the Free University and initiator of the successful course 'Art and the Market'
at the same University. He was visiting professor and gave numerous lectures at home and abroad.
He curated several successful exhibitions among others Pride and Joy.
Children's Portraits in the Netherlands 1500-1700 at the Frans Halsmuseum in Haarlem
and the Museum voor Schone Kunsten in Antwerp (2000-2001).
He has been supervisor or co-supervisor of several Ph.D. students (Wolter Seuntjens, On Yawning.
The Hidden Sexuality of the Human Yawn , Free University, Amsterdam 2005, cum laude;
Karen Parham, The Ideas of Perfection in the Work of Jan van Ruusbroeck: A Darwinian Approach, University of Hull, 2005).