Art History before 1800
Date of appointment 01.10.2016

Thijs Weststeijn studies and teaches early modern Netherlandish art in a global context. He chairs the project 'The Chinese Impact' (funded by NWO), which explores the mutual perceptions of China and the Low Countries ( His particular focus is on 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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  2017 - Scholarly publications
Weststeijn, M.A. & Dijkstra, Trude (2017). Constructing Confucius in the Low Countries. Zeventiende Eeuw, 32 (2), (pp. 137–164) (28 p.).
Weststeijn, M.A. (2017). Een wereldse kunst (oratie/inaugural lecture). (42 p.). Utrecht University.
Weststeijn, M.A. (2017). Germanic Antiquity in Rembrandt’s Circle. In Sven Dupre & Christine Goettler (Eds.), Knowledge and Discernment in the Early Modern Arts (pp. 236-264). Routledge.
Weststeijn, M.A. (2017). Rembrandt and the Germanic Style. Rembrandt and his Circle: Insights and Discoveries (pp. 44-66). Amsterdam University Press.
Weststeijn, M.A. (2017). Review of: Alessandro Pergoli Campanelli, La nascita del restauro: Dall’antichità all’Alto Medioevo. History of Humanities, 2 (2), (pp. 507-509) (3 p.).
Weststeijn, M.A. (2017). The Painting Looks Back: Reciprocal Desire in the Seventeenth Century. Intersections, 48, (pp. 264) (295 p.).
Weststeijn, M.A. (2017). Vermeer's Painted Porcelain [Japanese]. In Kofuku Akira (Eds.), Dutch Seventeenth-Century Art and 'Asia' [Japanese] (pp. 65-72). National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo.
  2017 - Professional publications
Weststeijn, M.A. & Jonker, Menno (25.03.2017). Barbaren en Wijsgeren - Het beeld van China in de Gouden Eeuw. (93 p.). Nijmegen: Vantilt.
Weststeijn, M.A. & Jonker, Menno (2017). Barbaren en wijsgeren: het beeld van China in de Gouden Eeuw. (96 p.). Vantilt.
Weststeijn, M.A. (2017). Inleiding: het Rijk van het Midden in de Lage Landen. In Thijs Weststeijn & Menno Jonker (Eds.), Barbaren en wijsgeren: het beeld van China in de Gouden Eeuw (pp. 9-24). Vantilt.
  2017 - Popularising publications
Weststeijn, M.A. (31.07.2017) Invited speaker Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem Introductory lecture on the occasion of the premiere performance of Joost van den Vondel's Zungchin
  2016 - Scholarly publications
Weststeijn, M.A. (2016). ”Sinarum gentes ... omnium sollertissimae” - Encounters between the Middle Kingdom and the Low Countries, 1602-1692. In Song Gang (Eds.), Reshaping the Boundaries - The Christian Intersection of China and the West in the Modern Era (pp. 9-34). Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.
Bod, Rens, Kursell, Julia, Maat, Jaap & Weststeijn, M.A. (2016). A New Field: History of Humanities. History of Humanities, 1 (1), (pp. 1-8).
Weststeijn, M.A. & Gesterkamp, Lennert (2016). A New Identity for Rubens’s “Korean Man” - Portrait of the Chinese Merchant Yppong. Netherlands yearbook for history of art , 66 (1), (pp. 142-169).
Weststeijn, M.A. (01.01.2016 01.01.2017) Editorial board member History of Humanities (Journal)
Weststeijn, M.A. (2016). Introduction: Global Art History and the Netherlands. Netherlands yearbook for history of art , 66 (1), (pp. 6-27).
Weststeijn, M.A., Jorink, Eric & Scholten, Frits (2016). Netherlandish Art in its Global Context. Special issue, Netherlands Yearbook for History of Art, 66. Brill.
Weststeijn, M.A. (2016). The Rules of Art and Rembrandt, 1630-1730. In Wayne Franits (Eds.), The Ashgate Research Companion to Dutch Art of the Seventeenth Century (pp. 202-233). Ashgate.
Weststeijn, M.A. (2016). The Sublime and the 'Beholder’s Share': Junius, Rubens, Rembrandt. Journal of the Historians of Netherlandish Art, 8 (2).
  2015 - Scholarly publications
Weststeijn, M.A. (2015) Editorial board member Netherlands yearbook for history of art (Journal)
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