Ang Li is a D.Phil candidate in Italian Renaissance art, with a focus on the theory and practice of painting of the Quattrocento and early Cinquecento. His doctoral thesis investigates the development and use of different kinds of backgrounds in Italian paintings of the period between c. 1450 and c. 1550 through the lens of the critical language of period terms such as campo and, more generally, in relation to the questions of visuality, materiality and technique. Ang is mainly interested in the meaning and context of Renaissance art, theories of perception, and painting and beholder in the early modern period. He holds a BA in English Language and Literature from Zhejiang University and two MSc degrees in Early Modern Studies and History of Art from the University of Edinburgh. Ang's doctoral research is supported by Inger Lawrance Prize, China Oxford Scholarship Fund and Great Britain-China Educational Trust and his fieldwork in Italy is funded by Erasmus Grants, Isaiah Berlin Scholarship and Colin Matthew Fund.