Photo by Kaldenbach of the original festoons of the Delft St Luke Guild, now in the wall of Rijksmuseum. Photo copyright Kaldenbach 2017.

Visit the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum in-depth 3 specialty tours, each about 2 hours:

  1. Dr Fritz Mannheimer as a Fine Art collector, 1400 items now in the Rijksmuseum.
  2. Christian Mediaeval Art and later Christian art. How faith permeated all aspects of daily life (on this page).
  3. Enjoy world-class Applied Art including top-class furniture, goldsmithing, crystal work, and Delft Blue
VIP entry, tour with an excellent art historian guide


Mary Magdalen, by Carlo Crivelli, one of the best in the entire world.

Rijksmuseum Specialty Tour 2: Christian Mediaeval Art and later Christian-inspired art


Christian art permeated all aspects of daily life of nearly all citizens in the middle ages and was a central value for the fabric of society from about the year 300 up to the 18th Century, the Age of Enlightenment. In this specialist Rijksmuseum tour we start in the Middle ages around 1300 and discuss age-old Christian imagery, and discuss the role these objects play in that faith-infused society. We will also discuss what happend around 1615 when a rebel Haarlem artists spoke out in pubs, and denied faith, Christ, devil and was arrested for this dangerous negation. We also discuss what happened here after 1900 and 1960 when churches emptied out wholesale in Holland.

Focus on: Christian art, bible stories / biblical characters, old testament, new testament.

For another day: a GREAT museum for Christian art is the Catharijneconvent in Utrecht.



Nativity by Kamensetzer, with full blown emotional qualities and intact polychromy.

Limoges metalwork chest.

Nativity by Kamensetzer, detail.

One of the finest pieces of goldsmithing from Paris, a reliquary. Solid gold!

Buglioni, formerly mis-labeled Della Robbia, the Madonna with saints.


Business card. The logo refers to Vermeer.

Tour by professional Art History scholar with excellent teaching skills. Specialist in Fine art and Design, Architecture and History. VIP entry.

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



By Cornelis Cornelisz of Haarlem, Adam and Eve, and the Fall of Man.

Rembrandt in his early Leiden phase, full of colour and detail