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Sources and documents: analysis, source criticism and interpretation

The course discusses archives and archive theory in relation to the material structure and provenance of early modern art objects.

Admission to the course requires that the student has been admitted to the International Master’s Programme in Art History: Technical Art History and the Art Museum, or the International Master’s Programme in Art History.

The course explores meanings and definitions of historical understanding and historical sources with a focus on primary historical sources of relevance to art history and art objects in museums. The course provides in-depth knowledge of printed and digital source collections, as well archival typologies and their strategic use in the field of art history. The course provides in-depth knowledge relating to the development of potential art-historical research questions based on historical sources and the relationship between historiography and documents.

  • Course structure

    Teaching format

    Instruction is given in the form of lectures, seminars and study visits.

    The language of instruction is English. Attendance is mandatory.

    Assessment

    The course is examined on the basis of written assignments in the form of a take-home examination and a written paper.

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
  • Contact

    Study Councellor Art History