History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Angela Ho

Angela Ho

Angela Ho

Assistant Professor

Art History: Renaissance and Baroque Europe

Angela Ho received her undergraduate degree from the University of Sydney, M.A. from Williams College, and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Before coming to George Mason, Ho taught at the University of Tennessee and the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on European pictorial art and art theory from the fifteenth to the seventeenth century, with particular emphasis on the intersections between cultural consumption and social negotiation, and the shifting notions of originality and value in an increasingly complex art market. Her current book project examines the art collection in the seventeenth-century Dutch Republic as a site of artistic competition and explores the ways in which both artists and viewers constructed distinctive identities in that environment. At GMU, Ho will teach courses on topics in European Renaissance and Baroque art.

Selected Publications

Creating Distinctions in Dutch Genre Painting: Repetition and Invention (book manuscript under review).

“Gerrit Dou’s Enchanting trompe-l’oeil: Virtuosity and Agency in Early Modern Collections.” JHNA 7 (2015).

“An Invitation to Compare: Frans van Mieris’ Cloth Shop in the Context of Early Modern Art Collecting.” Renaissance Studies 23 (2009): 694-717.

Courses Taught

ARTH 201: Survey of Western Art II

ARTH 340: Early Renaissance in Italy

ARTH 341: Renaissance Art in Northern Europe

ARTH 342: High Renaissance in Italy

ARTH 344: Baroque Art in Italy, France, and Spain

ARTH 440/599: Creating Value: Producing and Consuming Art in Early Modern Europe

ARTH 440/599: Home, Tavern, Bordello: Vermeer and Dutch Genre Painting

ARTH 440/599: Originals, Imitations and Fakes: Rethinking Authorship in Art

ARTH 440/599: Sexuality, Gender and Art in Early Modern Europe

ARTH 440/599: The Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer: Dutch Visual Culture in the 17th Century

Recent Presentations

"The 'Just Price'of a Painting? Quantifying Value in the Early Modern Netherlandish Art Market." Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Annual Conference, 2015.

Session organizer and chair: "Netherlandish Art in the Global Context." Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, 2014.

"Borrowing Signatures: Appropriations and the Definition of Authorship in the Early Modern Dutch Art Market." Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, 2012.

"The Pleasure of Novelty: Gerard ter Borch's Courtship Scenes as Product Innovation." College Art Association Conference, 2011.

"Illusion and Dis-illusion: The Reception of the Trompe-l'oeil in Early Modern Art Collections." Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference, 2010.

"Stimulating Desire, Negotiating the Market: Frans van Mieris' Cloth Shop in Context." College Art Association Annual Conference, 2008.