Groeninge Museum, Bruges, Belgium

Outstanding Flemish Primitives, old masters in Brugge / Bruges.

Covid 19 / Corona times, plan B. Difficult to enter museums these days !I can make an appointment with you to do a Zoom visit through my wonderful photo collection made inside this wonderful museum. I will be your live Guide during this art class presentation. A digital Zoom visit with your private art historian, our plan B in Covid 19 / Corona  times. I will show you my image bank of paintings inside. And give you a high quality explanation.


In better times, after re-opening: A visit with your own art historian, traveling in for you.

Re-discovery of Flemish Primitive painters. The word Primitive must be understood als “the first” as in Prime. Not a derogatory term at all.Join me for a great visit to Groeninge Museum Brugge, Belgium.  I will be your private professore, travelling in from Amsterdam, Holland specially for you. Tour by Drs Kees Kaldenbach, a professional Art History scholar with excellent teaching skills. Specialist in Fine art and Design, Architecture and History. VIP entry. Entry best at from 9 or 10AM.

Please note, this is a high level offer. Practicalities: I live in Amsterdam, Holland and do NOT run a travel agency.  I do however provide Fabulous international museum tours. The plan is that you contract me for one or more days as your private ‘Professore’ and offer full transport to that city, plus hotel accommodation in the same place you will stay. We will spend quality time together in mornings and early afternoons. Please book a time slot ticket for yourself and for the guide. New: Private Audio system available.


1. Expensive option: You can hire me and I will fly in to be your own outstanding private “Professore”. At your cost, I will fly in especially for you and I will guide you after spending a hotel night. And then a very memorable museum visit or two.

2. Less expensive option: I know many first-rate art historian colleagues all over Western Europe. Therefore I know just the company/guide to arrange an excellent museum visit for you. I work very closely with these art history women and men and they are brilliant.

Jan Provoost: Mr Death gets a letter.

Bruges was THE place in which the nobility from the Burgundian Empire (which included these lands) bought their most expensive cloths and objects.

Bruges used to be an important harbour until the fateful years when the estuary to the North Sea silted up, and became blocked. Commercially the city died.

How did these great collections end up here in backwater Bruges anyway? In 1794, French troops stole many works from abbeys and churches during the occupation of Northern Europe. Art works were selected by “art commissioners”. About 200 works of the Flemish Primitives were selected; some went to Paris and some stayed in a local Bruges Abbey. After the war, collections were returned to the Art Academy in Bruges and to Bruges Town Hall.

Van Eyck, Canon Van der Paele, detail of hands.

The present building dates from 1930, and proudly shows the fabulous holdings. The most outstanding work is The Virgin and Child with Canon van der Paele, a large oil-on-oak panel painting by Jan van Eyck. Standing in front, it looks like a high-definition photograph which takes your breath away.