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Art on Paper & the Leiden University Collections


Admission requirements

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


This MA course focusses on the art of drawing in the sixteenth and seventeenth-century Netherlands. Sixteenth and seventeenth-century Dutch drawings from the Special Collections of Leiden University will be the starting point for object-based research. Firstly, we will focus on drawing techniques, and inscriptions and collector’s marks that inform us about the provenance or old attributions of drawings. Then we will pay attention to matters of connoisseurship, drawing practices in the workshop, the functions of drawings and the history of collecting. We will visit and study other collections in the Netherlands, e.g. the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the Teylers Museum in Haarlem, as well as the RKD-Netherlands Institute for Art History in the Hague.

Course objectives

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

  • Students will obtain an insight in the most important collections of art on paper in the Netherlands and abroad

  • Students will learn 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 timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar (on campus)

  • Excursion

Assessment method

  • Paper (80%)

  • Two small writing assignments during the course and an 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 reading list will be published in Brightspace.


Enrolment through My Studymap Login | Universiteit Leiden is mandatory.


  • For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.

  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: Arsenaal