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Werkcollege BA3 Virtual Exhibition: Tiepolo’s frescoes on Italian and foreign soil


Admission requirements

Completed first year (propedeuse) of the bachelor Art History or education at a similar level. Two successfully completed second year seminars (or the equivalent thereof).
For Leiden University art history students: having successfully completed the excursion seminar to either Florence or Berlin.


Tiepolo was a prolific draughtsman and highly succesfull painter, both in oil and in fresco. Till 1750 he exclusively worked on Italian soil, primarily in the Veneto, but after 1750 he spent much of his time abroad, in Würzburg and in Madrid. Rarely do we see exhibitions which combine Tiepolo’s paintings with his drawings, either preparatory or after the event, and for obvious reasons it is almost impossible to organize an exposition of his works in fresco, let alone an exposition of his frescoes in combination with his work on paper. The only possible solution seems to be to design a virtual exhibition and that is exactly what this course is about.

Course objectives

  • Being able to independently research an art historical topic; to critically review the relevant scholarly literature and primary sources; to present research results both in a presentation (15 mins) and a written report (c. 3000 words).

  • Being acquainted with exhibition practices and being able to identify the steps in putting together an exhibition.

  • Being able to select a topic and / or object related to Tiepolo’s frescoes.

  • Being demonstrably skilled in formulating a research question and putting together a relevant bibliography.

  • Having practiced writing catalogue entries and texts.


Wednesday 9-11 hrs (draft)

Please note: for the final schedule refer to the Art History website

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

  • Lectures

  • Research

  • Excursion

Important: attendance in seminar sessions is mandatory! In case of no-show, the tutor should be informed about your absence prior to the actual seminar session. Moreover this course cannot be successfully completed by students that were absent more than twice. Only in exceptional cases, the Examination Committee may consider the possibility of an additional or substitute assignment. See also the Course and Examination Regulations 2017-2018.

Course Load

Total course load 10 ects x 28 hrs = 280 hours

24 hrs: Lectures 24 hrs: Preparation tutorials 10 hrs: Tutoring 80 hrs: Study of compulsory literature 132 hrs: Assignment(s)
270 hrs

  • Other components: Excursions: 10 hours

Assessment method

  • Oral presentation: 20% of Final Grade

  • Paper: 80% of Final Grade

Compensation: The final mark for the course is established by the weighted average of oral presentation and paper. In case the paper fails (grade lower than 5.5) it can be redone once.

Re-sit: Re-sit for the oral presentation will be a separate assignment, to be determined by the Examination Committee.

Exam review: 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 organised.


Blackboard will be used throughout the course for announcement; literature and assignments.

Reading list

To be announced.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


Dr. E. Grasman


Not applicable.