Hi! I'm Weixuan Li
I'm an art historian and digital humanist.
I aspire to fuse humanities research and advanced information technology.
I always try to find creative ways to look at early-modern Dutch art through digital lenses
I am a PhD candidate at the Huygens Institute and University of Amsterdam (UvA). I am finishing my doctoral dissertation employing a spatial perspective to unravel the art and market development in 17th-century Amsterdam (2022). This research is part of the NWO research project: Virtual Interiors as Interfaces for Big Historical Data Research and my part focuses on using space (2D or 3D) as an anchor to align historical evidence to tell a story about the 17th-century Amsterdam and its painters.
My research in general focuses on 17th-century Dutch art and market and the spatial, urban, and socio-economical circumstances in which the artworks were created. I am interested in probing the interplay between artistic invention and economic consideration, understanding artists’ choices and behaviors, and using digital means to visualize (2D and 3D) the hidden knowledge within archival sources.
In my last life, I graduated from the dual-masters program in Urban Planning and Transportation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and worked as a senior consultant and transportation economist for the Steer Group in Boston.
When not by my desk reading, writing, or coding, I am likely testing my physical limit. I was a marathons runner in Boston (have done five). After moving to Amsterdam, I picked up kickboxing, boxing and recently cycling.
What I do
My research explores innovative ways to examine, evaluate, and visualize the 17th-century Dutch art and the art market
For instance, my dissertation applies the following three digital approaches: