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A great visit to the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna (Wien)

A visit with your own art historian, flying in especially for you.

Private preparation class at home

Vienna Vermeer. Just about the best there is.

Join me for a visit to the impressive Vienna  Art History Museum, Kunsthistorisches Museum (Wien).    I will be your private guide travelling in from Amsterdam, Holland specially for your education and enjoyment. 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 ‘Traveling 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.

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.

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. Please book a time slot ticket for yourself and for the guide. New: Private Audio system available.


Pieter Brueghel the Elder, Tower of Babel, detail.

This great museum, situated on the Ring street, was built by the architects Semper  and Hasenauer, and was opened in 1891 by Emperor Franz Joseph. It contains the fabulously rich Habsburg-Lorraine family art collections.

In 1919, new Austrian Republic took over family property and in 1920 the administration was transferred to the Ministry of the Interior and Education. A few days later, the Kunsthistorisches Hofmuseum was renamed and in 1921 it was finally renamed Art History Museum, “Kunsthistorisches Museum”. Staff members of the museum became civil servants. In 1919, foreseeing the shakeup, Hans Tietze had already formulated  the “Viennese Museum Program” to meet the changing circumstances in the museum group.

Pieter Brueghel the Elder, Dutch Proverbs, detail.

Among highlights collected here in the Kunsthistorisches Museum are Michelangelo, Rubens, Rembrandt, and a fabulous landscape series by Pieter Brueghel the Elder.

The birth of Dutch painting is seen in works of Geertgen tot St Jans, the Haarlem painter who followed Van Eyck. His paintings are exceedingly scarce.

The Kunstkammer rooms in this museum, with the famous Cellini Salt cellar,  is the subject of  Holzhausen’s documentary film The Great museum (2014).





Map of the Netherlands shown in Vermeer: The Art of Painting. Note that the title is an abstraction. It was phrased by Vermeer himself.

Italian art galore. Top masterworks.


Vermeer: The Art of Painting. This may arguably be the finest painting in the entire world. Hitler was a great fan and obtained it.

Author Kaldenbach lecturing in front of Vermeer