Art History before 1850
Date of appointment 01.10.2016

Thijs Weststeijn studies seventeenth-century Dutch art in a global context. He chairs the research project 'The Chinese Impact' (funded by NWO), which explores the mutual perceptions of China and the Low Countries ( He is particularly interested in the global connections that shaped early modern Netherlandish works as well as in the opportunities that non-Western artworks provide to look back at the Netherlands. 

Previously, he was Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Amsterdam and held fellowships of various institutions, including the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. In 2015 he published Art and Antiquity in the Netherlands and Britain: The Vernacular Arcadia of Franciscus Junius (1591-1677), a study of the revival of classical antiquity in the countries around the North Sea. 

Weststeijn started his career as an intern with the Rembrandt Research Project and a PhD thesis on art theory in Rembrandt's circle (The Visible World: Samuel van Hoogstraten's Art Theory and the Legitimation of Patinting in the Dutch Golden Age, AUP 2008), which was awarded the Jan van Gelder Prize. He contributed to various museums and was trained for two years in studio art (at Ruudt Wackers Academy Amsterdam). 

He is a founding editor of the journal History of Humanities, a member of the editorial board of the journal Netherlands Yearbook for History of Art, and co-editor of the book series Amsterdam Studies in the Dutch Golden Age and De zeven provinciën.

Involved in the following study programme(s)

Jorink, Scholten, Weststeijn (eds.), Netherlandish Art in its Global Context (Leiden: Brill, 2016)

Art and Antiquity in the Netherlands and Britain: The Vernacular Arcadia of Franciscus Junius (1591-1677) (Leiden: Brill, 2015).

The Universal Art of Samuel van Hoogstraten (1627-1678): Painter, Writer, Courtier (Amsterdam University Press, 2013).
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