"This book offers a vigorous analysis of iteration as stratagem within the painter’s arsenal. (...) Ho is to be commended for bringing fresh insights to what has often been a conventional interpretation of repetition and invention in relation to a slew of pictures with which we are now newly acquainted." - Canadian Journal of Netherlandic Studies
2019, Alistair Watkins
"Citing the repetition of motifs and subjects in Dutch Golden Age art as evidence of a conservative, market-driven conventionality has long been a commonplace, yet the nature of convention and repetition is not in actuality self-evident. Angela K. Ho’s *Creating Distinctions in Dutch Genre Painting: Repetition and Invention* offers a fresh interrogation of repetition as an artistic strategy [...] The result is a book that often hovers attentively over the connoisseur’s shoulder but lingers longest and most satisfyingly at the painter’s side." - Elisabeth Berry Drago, Renaissance Quarterly
, Volume LXXI I, No. 3
"Ho’s thesis is a compelling one that goes far in explaining the readily observable phenomena of repetition and invention in seventeenth-century Dutch genre painting." - Wayne Franits, Syracuse University, CAA Reviews
April 2018. Read the full review here
Winner of the 2017 Historians of Netherlandish Art (HNA) Grant on Northern Art!