Thijs Weststeijn is professor of Art History before 1850 at Utrecht University, where he studies seventeenth-century Dutch art in a global context. 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.

Trained as a historian of Dutch art and culture, he has a long-standing interest in exchanges of art and ideas between China and the West. Starting with a 2007 article on a comparison between Confucius and Spinoza, he has published on Dutch-Chinese interactions in ceramics, portraiture, antiquarianism, and philosophy. For the Chinese Impact project, he prepares the monograph New Horizons: The Chinese Challenge in the Dutch Golden Age.