"This book explores a part of the art market that has been mostly invisible to scholars. In so doing, it upends many earlier assumptions, and offers new approaches to questions about the Dutch art market."
- Rebecca Tucker, Colorado College, The Seventeenth Century (2022)
"To my mind, the importance of this publication is hard to overestimate. [...] Jager is the first author to create an impression of the type of paintings that must have accounted for a lion’s share of painting output in the Republic; the type of works most Dutch town-dwellers were certainly familiar with. This is a very enlightening, though sometimes also a rather humbling experience, for these are most definitely not the type of works that we know today, from our modern museum galleries, exhibition catalogues and reference works – as CODART’s new canon. The book is, therefore, essential reading for anyone who wants to expand their view of painting in seventeenth-century Holland."
- Christi M. Klinkert, Curator of Old Masters, Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar. Translated from the Dutch to the English by Lynne Richards. Oud Holland, February 2022
"Jager's carefully executed study makes a welcome contribution to our understanding of the booming seventeenth-century art market and yields a number of surprising new insights. [...] Jager convincingly shows that history paintings were the most popular type of mass-produced paintings in the extensive inventories of these three Amsterdam art dealers. [...] In short, Jager offers a much needed correction to our understanding of the Dutch seventeenth-century painting by giving us a first extensive insight into the cheaper segment of the market."
- Anna Tummers, Leiden University, BMGN Low Countries Historical Review, Volume 136 (2021)