Old Masters Gallery, Munich

Alte Pinakothek, Munich, Germany

 

Author Kaldenbach lecturing.

Join me for a visit to the Alte Pinakothek (Old Masters Paintings museum) Munich, Germany.      I will be your private professor, 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 ‘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.

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.

 

Under the umbrella of the Bavarian State Collection, three collections exist: The name Alte (Old) Pinakothek refers to the time period covered by the collection (from the fourteenth to the eighteenth century), the New Paintings Collection (19th century) and the Modern Painting museums (20th and 21st centuries.

As a core, the Old Pinakothek contained the Wittelsbach art collection, mainly purchased by Duke Wilhelm IV (see the Battle by Altdorfer below). Elector Maximilian I purchased very good Düerer works.  Maximilian II, in his days governor of the Spanish Netherlands, bought many good Dutch and Flemish paintings, notably 12 ones from the private collection of Rubens. Palatine Elector Johann Wilhelm continued collecting Netherlandish paintings. During the Napoleonic war years, some paintings ended up in French collections.

Purpouse-built architecture by Leo von Klenze, in a very large and modern design, specifically  for housing this outstanding art gallery. The largest room had to fit Rubens’ “Last Judgment” (1617), an outsize canvas. The museum building was partly destroyed in WW2 and rebuilt in a sleek manner in the late 1950s.

 

 

Lousing a dod. Gerard ter Borch.

Duerer, the most amazing self portrait.

Duerer, two Apostles out of a set of four.

If you like Rubensian expanses of fat flesh, this is your museum.

Rubens, Detail of a hunt scene.

Altdorfer. Alexander in a battle with Darius. A mind-boggling painting to spend 5 minutes in front of.

Exterior, present day architecture.

Duerer, self portrait, detail.

 

War damage to the Alte Pinakothek.

Gluttony criticised by Brueghel.

 

 

Business card. The logo refers to Vermeer.

 

 

 

 

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.

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.

Overview of International tours (outside Holland).

 

 

In November 2019 Sally Ross, painter from Australia and Drs Kees Kaldenbach, art historian, travelled together in for a week in Germany, visiting numerous art museums and galleries in Munich, Berlin and Frankfurt. We did an Intensive Art Immersion visiting the best art museums.

“I had the pleasure to be guided by Kees on a recent trip through major German art collections. Kees was generous with his considerable knowledge, particularly of Dutch painting. Always good humoured, relaxed yet attentive and a true art-lover, Kees was delightfully devoid of intellectual snobbism […]  Kees knows his stuff and he knows when to speak and when to let the art do the talking.  Thank you!

Sally Ross, Painter, Australia.”

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A year before, in November 2018, a client from Detroit, Michigan, USA invited me to join him and his wife in his mansion, and to accompany him and his friends to the great museums of Detroit and Toledo, Ohio. This was one review:

“Dear Kees, Thank you for sharing your vast knowledge with us yesterday. All of us in the group were impressed with your special connection to the art we examined. What makes you unique in my experience is your ability to break down mysteries into the pragmatic and manageable. The process, the techniques, the reflexion on history, and the business of art then and now are all evident when we seek it. Of course, you look deeper than just about anyone and have discovered treasure after treasure as a result. Quest forth. I hope you will find a publisher for your latest Vermeer work in the coming year.

Again, Dank Je, Kees. All the Best, Joe LoDuca”