Original festoons from the painters Guild of St Luke, Delft

Once in a lifetime chance – to see most Vermeers in the world together in one museum

See 24+ Vermeer paintings (out of an existing grand total of the 36) coming down to our age. They will be presented for about 4 months in all their glory in the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum. Buy tickets asap ! Book an At Home lecture!

Rijksmuseum in early morning light, photo by Kaldenbach

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, from February 10 – to  June 4, 2023.

There is a good chance that external specialised art guides, of which I am one,  will not be permitted at all – since most Vermeer paintings are rather small and throngs are difficult. During the last blockbuster Vermeer exhibition in the Mauritshuis, The Hague the crowds were, lets say, crowding each other out.

In Amsterdam, no external guides will be allowed to work. When the early Rembrandt show was on a few years ago – the Rijksmuseum barred outside guides from working there.

However: an alternative is available to you.

Business card. The logo refers to Vermeer.

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

At Home lecture on Vermeer showing high docent standards.

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 professors meet to discuss that period in-depth and then continue the meeting in a pub with bites and drinks.

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

So I am your man !  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, 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.

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 preferably by email, to kalden@xs4all.nl or by telephone, during my daytime hours, at 0031-62-868-9975.

Please note: Allergy warning, cats also live here.

Vermeer, Allegory of Painting / The Art of Painting, Vienna




The author Kaldenbach in font of the Vermeer House Historic Marker

Vermeer, Woman at window, Metropolitan. I will inform you about the inventory of the painter’s house.