Vermeer: At the Matchmaker, painting in Dresden. A brothel scene. Photo by Kaldenbach

Lecture about the Unique Vermeer exhibition. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, from February 10 – to  June 4, 2023. Unlimited entry.


This is a unique proposition by one of the world’s foremost Vermeer specialists.

Yes, I can receive you at my Amsterdam home for a small-group introduction to Vermeer and his wonderful paintings. You may take this lecture before or after visiting the museum. Tickets to Vermeer are completely sold out. New Friends ticket also unavailable.

On-site guiding in that exhibition will NOT be allowed  by the Rijksmuseum since most Vermeer paintings are rather small and throngs of dozens of viewers thronging in front of these small paintings are not a great idea. Actually, nobody will be allowed to guide there.

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

However: an alternative is available to you: AtHome with a noted Vermeer superspecialist. Unique proposition.

BBC interview at my home in the 1990s. Andrew Graham Dixon was the interviewer. The TV crew noted: all footage was “take in one” !

Your best chance is an At Home lecture on Vermeer with a specialist who studied Vermeer for 40 years. University level lectures with books and posters as visual material. (No slide show!)

For the last 40 years I have been the most active Vermeer specialist in Holland, an enthused private “professore”, publishing widely online, teaching and guiding my private clients in museums like Mauritshuis, Rijksmuseum, Louvre in Paris, The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna  and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC. For decades, I also have been part of the academic group called Golden Age (Early Modern Dutch studies) in which University professors meet to discuss that period in-depth.

On this web site are countless gems such as the clickable Digital Vermeer House and the Digital Flight over Delft 1660 (see under Author and Publications).

My At Home setting for AtHome home lectures.

So I am your expert for deep background talks!  My Plan B is this : At my own Amsterdam home, I can receive up to five private clients (including you) for sharing my Vermeer expertise –  growing since 1975 – and show my well stocked book case, with art books and large reproductions. That way, at my home, we can go in-depth with you in a quiet, concentrated private  environment, discussing those subjects which truly interest you. PhD level knowledge, see full publication list.

You may choose to visit me either before your museum visit to the Vermeer show – or after your visit to the Vermeer show. Typically my at home session will be 1 to 2 hours in duration. At cost.

And I can also give you a walking tour of the inner city of Delft. We can go there together by train with a 40% rebate – or in your car.

Expertly knowledgeable: A complete English language book manuscript for my Vermeer book is ready and can be seen here. Which publisher will take this chance ? Forty years of expertise and archival work is presented in this unpublished book.

Appointments for my At Home sessions and Delft walks preferably by email, to or by telephone, during my daytime hours, at 0031-62-868-9975. Please note: Allergy warning, two nice cats also live here.


Vermeer, Allegory of Painting / The Art of Painting, Vienna. Not in the exhibition but discussed by me.




The author Kaldenbach in font of his Vermeer House Historic Marker in Delft

Business card. The logo refers to Vermeer.

Vermeer, Woman at window, Metropolitan. We will reflect about the inventory of the painter’s house.