The Old Master Paintings Museum

Wallraf-Richartz Museum & Fondation Corboud, Cologne (Koeln), Germany

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 tour.

In better times, after re-opening:

Duerer, Two musicians.

Rubens and his learned friends. Learn about his life as an ambassador and man of letters.

Join me for a visit to the Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne (Koeln), Germany.   I will be your private professore, travelling in by train 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 ‘Professor’ 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.

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.


In 1824 the comprehensive collection of medieval art owned by Franz Ferdinand Wallraf came to the city of Cologne by inheritance. The collection regularly expanded through donations, especially the Haubrich collection of contemporary art, in 1946 which was moved recently to the Ludwig museum next to the Dom / Cathedral. The last enormous gift was the Corboud collection of impressionist masterworks.


On floor 1, if you like, you will find the Early Germanic art in great numbers.


Tour by professional Art History scholar with excellent teaching skills. Specialist in Fine art and Design, Architecture and History. VIP entry.

Drs Kees Kaldenbach: „…he is wildly overqualified to be a guide . That is his secret… Trust me on this.” Gabe. Statement made February, 2017.

Miss O’Murphy. Boudoir art by Boucher. Hedonist lifestyle of French 18th c.

Ticketing counter

Lochner, Madonna of the Rose Bush. Quintessential sweet German art.

Vincent van Gogh, bridge near Arles.

Heda, Dutch still life, almost monochrome.

Venetian vista. By Canaletto or Bellotto?

View towards the Cathedral, with an outline in grey of the building as it existed up to 1800. Then German Nationalism pushed the building process to high speed. During my November, 2017 visit this visual presentation was gone.



Business card. Museum visits.


Delaroche, a heavy scene with decapitated head of John the Baptist

Boucher – soft porn ? Delectable flesh anyway.

One of the BEST Berchems in the world. This Dutch 17th c. painter was much sought after and highly paid in the eighteenth century.

Caillebotte, king of perspective tricks. here laundry moves in a breeze.

View in November 2017, with excavations going on, preparing for an archeological presentation.

Lochner, detail of the prize painting, with a saccharine Mary and Child.

Albrcht Duerer, fifer, detail. Note the highlights on the wavy blonde hair.

Anselm Feuerbach. Classicism at its best. Detail. Note the raking light pattern.

Georges Melies, painter but also director/cinematographer of the 1905 Journey to the Moon movie. here he punctures the paper.

Corboud impressionist collection, upstairs.

Edvard Munch, king of mental anxiety and expressive feelings.

Rubens himself, with a group if Italian friends, 1602-4. Made in Mantua. Detail.

Franz von Stuck, Amazon, powerful woman in a lethal attack.

Peter Paul Rubens, Juno and decapitated hundred-eyed Argus. Rubens was master of fleshy landscapes.

Overview of International tours (outside Holland).