History and Art History

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Professor Ho Wins Mathy Award

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Gerard ter Borch the Younger, The Suitor's Visit, c. 1658

Angela Ho, assistant professor of art history, has won a Mathy Junior Faculty Award in the Arts and Humanities, given jointly by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Ho will use her one-semester release from teaching to work on her book manuscript, Repetition as Invention: The Value of Innovation in Dutch Genre Painting, which focuses on three of the most successful Dutch painters in the mid-century: Gerrit Dou, Gerard ter Borch, and Frans van Mieris. Ho argues that the repetition and variation of signature motifs constituted a strategy to enhance the value of their works. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, her study explores the intersections between the operations of the art market, the processes of artistic creation, and the shifting concepts of value and originality.

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