History and Art History
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Angela Ho Publishes "Creating Distinctions in Dutch Genre Painting"


Angela Ho, Associate Professor in the Department of History and Art History, has published Creating Distinctions in Dutch Genre Painting: Repetition and Invention. The book is published by Amsterdam University Press and distributed in the United States by the University of Chicago Press. The publisher offers this description of the book:

In the mid-to-late seventeenth century, a number of Dutch painters created a new type of refined genre painting that was much admired by elite collectors. In this book, Angela Ho uses the examples of Gerrit Dou, Gerard ter Borch, and Frans van Mieris to show how this group of artists made creative use of repetition—such as crafting virtuosic, self-referential compositions around signature motifs, or engaging esteemed predecessors in a competitive dialogue through emulation—to project a distinctive artistic personality. The resulting paintings enabled purchasers and viewers to exercise their connoisseurial eye and claim membership in an exclusive circle of sophisticated enthusiasts—making creative repetition a successful strategy for both artists and viewers.

More information is available on the publisher's website, including a PDF of the color plates in the book.

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