About Art Historian and Museum Guide Drs. Kees Kaldenbach

Art Historian and Tour Guide Extraordinaire

Drs Kaldenbach teaching in front of Vermeer, the Little Street.

Art historian Drs. Kees Kaldenbach lives and works in Amsterdam and is specialized in European art. As an inspired teacher and public educator he uses lectures and online multimedia technology to present a rich tapestry of image information on European art history both for the public at large and for fellow art historians.

He has published widely – and has written and designed an important website (2000+ items) on the art of the 17th century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, as well as on other Delft artists: www.johannesvermeer.info. He offers guided tours to fine art museums in Holland and elsewhere in Europe as ‘Traveling Professore’. Specialized in International European museum visits with clients. Also in France, Germany, England, Austria and Ireland.

As a leading art expert, Kees has collaborated in fine arts television programs by networks such as BBC2, BBC3, BBC4, CNN, DKR Denmark, NPS Dutch TV, NTV Japan. He has also worked with radio programme makers (RNW Radio Holland, Radio 1). Kaldenbach has also written and published books and many articles on the history of art.
He is Patron of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam and therefore has privileged access with his clients – bypassing waiting lines. He also has VIP passes for other museums (most, except for Anne Frank House). With his Amsterdam-based company Private Art Tours, starting in the year 2000, Kees has lectured a great number of art tours to groups ranging from 1 to 10 persons. He has also successfully addressed larger audiences.
Kees’ main topics of discussion are the Dutch painters such as Johannes Vermeer, Rembrandt van Rijn (all Seventeenth century) and Vincent van Gogh and art life (Nineteenth century).

He is also knowledgeable on topics of Dutch urban architecture and the history of local institutions in dozens of historic Dutch inner cities, ranging from Enkhuizen in the north to Rotterdam in the south of The Netherlands.

In front of the ‘View of Delft’ for which Drs. Kaldenbach did ground breaking archival research.

Kees Kaldenbach is a learned and enthusiastic speaker who has a great capacity to share his deep passion for art history with others. His background as a teacher allows him to present complex ideas in terms that anyone with a middle or high school education can understand. In addition, his expertise in digital technology has led to a teaching position in summer programs for Emerson College, a Boston, MA-based multimedia university. From 2008 – 2010 he presented lecture series on various cultural destinations as an Enrichment Speaker on ships of the Celebrity cruise lines. Some of these lectures attracted an audience of over 500 to 1000 persons.
In March, 2011 Drs. Kaldenbach was awarded the WikiDelft award for excellence.

Business card. The logo refers to Vermeer.

Drs. Kaldenbach is the chairman of the ‘International Circle of Academic Tour Guides’ (CATON). He is also an active member of the Golden Age Circle of the University of Amsterdam, a multidisciplinary study group and think tank, which meets monthly for lectures.
He was also supporting member of the Historians of Netherlandish Art (HNA), a member of the Consortium for Art and Architectural Historians (CAAH), a member of the Association for Art History (AAH) and a member of the International Society For Mathematical And Computational Aesthetics (ISMCA).
For clients, he carries out freelance research in Dutch archives for third parties.

 

Drs Kees Kaldenbach: „…he is wildly overqualified to be a guide . That is his secret… Trust me on this.” Gabe. Statement made February, 2017.

 

Contact at kalden@xs4all.nl

Cell phone +31 6 2868 9775

Home phone +31 20 669 8119

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