Vanessa Paumen joined the staff of the Flemish Art Collection in 2010. She works at the Groeningemuseum in Bruges as the coordinator of the Flemish Research Center for the Arts in the Burgundian Netherlands. She earned a BA degree, cum laude and an MA degree in Art History, with a focus on European Art at the University of Texas in Austin (USA). In her Master thesis Judged, Beheaded, Burned: Dieric Bouts' The Justice of Emperor Otto III within the Context of Fifteenth-Century Punitive Practices she looked at how justice paintings functioned in 15th century Flemish society.
At the University of Texas and at a study-abroad program in Italy, she taught Art History courses and worked as a research assistant. She has given readings and guided tours at various museums. In 2010 she was the instructor for the course on the Flemish Primitives at the Kunsthistorisch Instituut of the Royal Museum of FIne Arts in Antwerp. In 2011 Paumen was a guest lecturer on Flemish and French Paintings at the Louvre for the University of Florida at the Paris Research Center.
Paumen is one of the contributors to the website Flemish Primitives.
Paumen is currently conducting research on Gerard David's Judgment of Cambyses (Groeninge Museum, Bruges).
Most recently Paumen contributed to Till-Holger Borchert (ed.), Van Eyck tot Dürer: de Vlaamse Primitieven en Centraal Europa/ Van Eyck to Dürer: the Flemish Primitives and Central Europe, 1430-1530, Tielt, Lannoo, 2010 and Sylvia Ferino-Pagden e.a. (ed.), Imperial Treasure. Masterworks from the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. Tielt, Lannoo, 2011.