Angela Ho

Angela Ho

Angela Ho

Director of Undergraduate Art History Programs

Associate 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. She is the author of Creating Distinctions in Dutch Genre Painting, which examines the 17th-century art collection as a site of artistic competition and explores the ways in which both artists and viewers constructed distinctive identities in that environment. Her current project focuses on the commercial and artistic exchanges between the Dutch Republic and China in the 17th and 18th centuries. At GMU, Ho teaches courses on topics in European Renaissance and Baroque art.

Selected Publications

“Market Stall in Batavia: Money, Value, and Uncertainty in the Age of Global Trade.” In Joanna Woodall and Natasha Seaman eds., Money Matters in European Artworks and Literature c. 1400 – 1750, 107-130. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press 2022.

Creating Distinctions in Dutch Genre Painting: Repetition and Invention (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2017).

“Exotic and Exclusive. The Pronk Porcelain as Products for the Connoisseur.” NKJ 69 (2019): 175-210.

“Marketing Workshop Versions in the 17th-century Dutch Art Market.” In Maddalena Bellavitis ed., Making Copies in European Art 1400-1600: Shifting Tastes, Modes of Transmission, and Changing Contexts (Leiden: Brill, 2019).

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

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 343: The Art of Venice

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

ARTH 345: Northern Baroque

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

ARTH 600: Methods and Research in Art History

ARTH 650/699: Art and Global Encounters in the Early Modern World

Recent Presentations

“Invisible Hands: Cornelis Brizé’s Account Ledgers of the Amsterdam Treasury Office.” Sixteenth Century Society Conference, 2021.

“Ferdinand Verbiest’s World Map for Emperor Kangxi: Reconsidering the Politics of Hybridity.” Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, 2021.

“Pricing the Exotic: A Painting of a Market Stall in Batavia.” Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, 2019.

“Made-in-China chinoiserie: Global Trade and Cross-Cultural Appropriations.” HNA conference, Ghent, 2018.

“The World is an Exotic Place: Cross-Cultural Imitation in a Delftware Tile Tableau in the Rijksmuseum.” Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, 2018.