Visit the famous Amsterdam Rijksmuseum (State Art Museum) with a PhD level, top-end guide, in a Curated Museum  Tour

VIP entry, a tour with an excellent art historian guide for a curated museum tour

Private Audio system available.

Please note: For Rijksmuseum Amsterdam you need to buy a ticket beforehand.  Beforehand on the museum web site buy your tickets for a specific day and specific time block and please add one free ticket for me as your guide (choose the last option I already have a ticket/Voucher). Please bring the resulting PDFs on your electronic device. No ticket = no entry.

If they have not bought the Rijksmuseum Vermeer tickets then I have just found out the ideal plan here:
Go to
and book friendship for 1 person E 50 per year
or 2 persons together E 75 per year. This will get you unlimited entry into the Rijksmuseum and Vermeer exhibition without having to book a day or time block. By email you will receive a voucher giving you unlimited entry.

NEW. Preparation class for the Rijksmuseum Vermeer blockbuster show 2023


Join me for a  visit of the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum. The Rijksmuseum stands out as the Worlds best Museum for Dutch Fine Art. Inside, Vermeer is the most beloved painter these days, proudly exhibited in the Rijksmuseum’s Gallery of Honour.
After, we move on to Rembrandt, with early, middle and late Rembrandts. See his brush strokes and imagine yourself standing just in back of the great master. His late style shows wild, expressive brushwork and ability to penetrate the human soul.
I also discuss outstanding masters such as Steen and Frans Hals. And will allow any question afterwards!


Drs. Kees Kaldenbach with Japanese film team, by Rembrandt’s Night Watch. He has worked with dozens of TV teams from all over the world.

All-time favourite Vermeer, Woman in Blue, deserves a thorough discussion.

Join me in the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum.

The Rijksmuseum stands out as the super-high quality Museum for Dutch Fine Art. Come visit this great Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Holland and enjoy its outstanding 17th century Dutch master paintings, its Delftware and exquisite dolls houses.

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

Are your into Vermeer? Now join the leading Vermeer specialist and art expert Drs Kees Kaldenbach. Arriving at at 8.55 am with my VIP pass, and entering quickly, you will be probably the first in front of the museum’s four outstanding Vermeer paintings. Docent Kaldenbach believes in a question and answer approach in the time-honoured style of Socrates, allowing the client to discover the painting step-by-step. With many clients, we usually spend over half an hour probing deep into each of the 4 Vermeer paintings.

Detail from Vermeer, The Little Street. Much to discuss here.

After, we move on to Rembrandt in the Rijksmuseum’s Gallery of Honour; standing directly before superb middle and late Rembrandts in the Rijksmuseum. See his brush strokes and imagine yourself standing just in back of the great master. His late style shows wild, expressive brushwork and ability to penetrate the human soul.

In the room with early Rembrandts, discover how the painter reached mastery within just a few years after turning 20. We will discuss how he matured under his first masters, then got under the spell of Caravaggio and reached an incredible adult level in artistry at only age 24.




Kees Kaldenbach with TV presenter Andrew Graham-Dixon by the Night Watch, Rijksmuseum.

What sets Rembrandt apart from other artists like Durer, Lucas van Leiden, Elsheimer? How fine or bold are Rembrandts results in the etching and engraving lines and in oil paint? Learn how to see and appreciate how he employed techniques in order to get his ideal: the ‘Most natural movement’.
A bit of social history and the personal history will also serve to put Rembrandt in perspective. Was he really a cantankerous man who alienated the wealthy patrons after 1642, the year of the Nightwatch? I will be there to assist you in viewing the works of art and I will help you to hone your own way of seeing. Art appreciation in front of the real thing.

Outstanding Mediaeval collections with an important group once collected by Mannheimer. This story is like a James Bond tale, with Monuments Men.

Intelligent conversation about Fine Art in the Rijksmuseum

A fine large ship model, probably the best one in the world.

Two outstanding dolls houses, forming an encyclopedia of daily life in the 17th century.

A cabinet full of medicines. For lovers of intricate boxes and cabinets.