We are proud to announce that professor Barbara Baert is the recipient of both the KU Leuven’s “Pioniersprijs 2016” and the prestigious 2016 Francqui Prize. The Jury report of the Francqui Prize highlights that: “Professor Baert’s research has promoted an intensive international dialogue between the study of the culture, society, and art of mediaeval Europe with history, philosophy, anthropology, theology, and psychology. By introducing new methods, questions, and approaches, Professor Baert has broken new ground not only in the study of mediaeval art, but in art history.” Barbara Baert has been a member of the LGC’s advisory board since 2004, when our centre was founded. We want to express our sincere congratulations to our distinguished colleague professor Baert, and seize the opportunity to thank her for the invaluable input of her exceptional expertise as well as for her support throughout the years. Barbara Baert has been and is a leading example within contemporary academic life. All aspects of her acclaimed oeuvre are a must-read for art historians and visual culture scholars. One of her books, Fluid Flesh. The Body, Religion and the Visual Arts was published in the Lieven Gevaert Series in 2009. It is still available, but this may now change rapidly in the nearby future. Check it out!