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Arts and Culture: Early Modern and Medieval Art

In the Early Modern and Medieval Art specialisation (part of the MA in Arts and Culture), you study visual art and visual culture from the period between 1400 and 1750. This specialisation has three key themes that are offered only in Leiden in this configuration:

  • The interaction between Italy and the Low Countries

  • The interaction between the arts, primarily between painting and sculpture and their architectonic context

  • Print and drawing art

In your study of these themes you will work closely with the University Library, museums in Leiden and The Hague, and the Dutch interuniversity art history institutes in Rome and Florence. Excursions to these institutions are a structural aspect of the specialisation.

Compulsory courses for all students, regardless of specialisation:

  • Practices and debates (5 EC)

  • Reading List (5 EC)

  • Thesis (20 EC)

In order to meet the demands of any specialisation you need to follow a minimum of 45 EC in your chosen specialisation. The easiest way to do this is to take:

  • 1 compulsory research course in field of specialisation (10 EC)

  • 1 other course in your period of specialisation (10 EC)

  • Reading list (5 EC)

  • Thesis (20 EC)

An additional course or internship of 10 EC may be chosen in your field of specialisation as well.

Please note that several additional workshops will be offered during the academic year. Information will be available on our website.