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Art on Paper


Admission requirements

Similar to the admission requirements for the MA Arts and Culture.


This MA course focusses on art on paper in the late middle ages and early modern period. We pay special attention to drawings, etchings and engravings. After few lectures introducing the main artists and techniques, we start our object-based research with a close look at some highlights from the Special Collections of Leiden University. Then we visit and study other prominent collections in the Netherlands, e.g. the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the Teylers Museum in Haarlem, as well as the Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD) and the Royal Library, both in The Hague. This course will end with students presenting their research on one or two objects and their preparation for writing catalogue entries.

Course objectives

  • Students will get an understanding of the position of art on paper in the late medieval and early modern period

  • Students will have obtained an insight in the most important collections of art on paper in the Netherlands

  • Students will have learnt to recognize and produce productive research questions regarding our central theme starting from an object-based investigation

  • Students are able to initiate and carry out a modest research project in which they frame their own reading explicitly, and situate themselves critically within modern and contemporary scholarly and artistic debates.


The timetable is available on the MA Arts and Culture website

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

  • Excursion

Assessment method

  • Paper (80%)

  • Abstract, oral presentation (20%).

Each ResMA student must fulfil an extra assignment, in order to demonstrate their ability to work with more advanced theoretical and disciplinary questions beyond the normal MA level, to be decided by lecturer and student.


The final grade is the average of the two grades (20%, 80%). A student passes the class if the weighted average is a 6.0 or higher (marks under 5 are not allowed) and obtained at least a 6.0 for the Paper.


The re-sit consists of two parts: a remake/rewrite of the Paper (80%) and/or an alternative assignment (20%).

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

The booktitles and / or syllabi to be used in the course, where it can be purchased and how this literature should be studied beforehand.The reading list will be published in Brightspace.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website.

Registration Studeren à la carte en Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


Prof.dr. S.P.M. Bussels