Current project: Visiting the Golden Age
Angela Jager is currently a researcher at the University of Geneva in the project Un siècle d’Or? Repenser la peinture hollandaise du XVIIe siècle. She is part of the research team that analyzes travel descriptions by foreigners who visited the Dutch Republic. The descriptions are published and annotated in the database RKDexcerpts. On the project’s Facebook-page, the team posts interesting finds from these travel journals.
This research will be published in a book for the wider public (2021; in Dutch).
Documenting Dutch and Flemish paintings in a private collection (2017-2019)
Funded by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship, Angela Jager, as a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Art Technological Studies and Conservation (CATS), at the Statens Museum for Kunst (SMK), Copenhagen, studied a private collection of hundreds of undocumented Dutch and Flemish paintings. The project employed methods from technical art history. All the paintings are being entered in the database RKDimages.
This project resulted in publications, the CATS conference Trading paintings and painters’ materials 1550-1800 and the proceedings, published by Archetype Publications, edited by Anne Haack Christensen and myself (full download).
Galey-schilders en dosijnwerck. The production, distribution and consumption of ‘cheap’ history paintings in seventeenth-century Amsterdam (PhD)
Angela Jager’s PhD-research concerned the mass production of history paintings in seventeenth-century Amsterdam (University of Amsterdam, defended 3 June 2016; full download in Dutch). This project has led to numerous publications, of which one – ‘“Everywhere illustrious history paintings that are a dime a dozen” The Mass Market for History Painting in Seventeenth-Century Amsterdam (DOI)’ in Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art (March 2015) – was honoured with the ARIAH Online Publishing Price 2016.
See further: The Mass Market for History Paintings in Seventeenth-Century Amsterdam: Production, Distribution, and Consumption (Amsterdam University Press, 2020) (link), and the RKD podcast I recorded (in Dutch)