Photo by Kaldenbach of the original festoons of the Delft St Luke Guild, now in the wall of Rijksmuseum. Photo copyright Kaldenbach 2017.

Visit the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum in-depth with 3 specialty tours, each about 2 hours:


Please note: Rijksmuseum Amsterdam is reopening starting June 1, 2020, and due to Corona times, there are new rules of entry. Beforehand on the museum web site buy your tickets for a specific day and specific time block and please add one free ticket for me as your guide (choose the last option I already have a ticket/Voucher). Please bring the resulting PDFs on your electronic device.

Various 1 hour digital  Rijksmuseum Zoom visits with your own live teacher.


In the flesh:

  1. Dr Fritz Mannheimer as a Fine Art collector, 1400 items now in the Rijksmuseum.
  2. Christian Mediaeval Art and later Christian art. How faith permeated all aspects of daily life.
  3. Enjoy world-class Applied Art including top-class furniture, goldsmithing, crystal work, and Delft Blue
VIP entry, tour with an excellent art historian guide

NEW Plan B, virtual Visit. Because of the Corona shutdown, I now offer a digital museum visit, using Zoom combined with my image bank. Call me for a live virtual Zoom class visit appointment! Enjoy a private Powerpoint presentation with your own ‘Professore’.

In corona times: Digital visits with Zoom classes.

Visit 40 museums by seeing my digital photo files, 10.000 + images

Rijksmuseum Specialty Tour 1: Dr Fritz Mannheimer collection, 1400 items of Fine Art

The elk, died the year 1000, probably shot by a King or and Emperor, and then carved around 1100. Ended up in the grave chapel of Louis the Pious, son of Charlemagne,

1400 works of art, many of them now displayed in the Rijksmuseum were all collected by Dr Mannheimer, who lived in Amsterdam from about 1920. He was the essential Central Banker to most of the the Central banks of Europe. Thus he dealt in all European currencies in millions. Known as having the best collection of art in private hands in Western Europe. Amassed Fine Art but paid for it not by himself but by his bank. An incredible 007-movie story of money, blingbling, secrecy, greed, by a single-minded,  over-enthused collector, bank fraud, then Goebbels, Hitler, Storage in German cellars and Salt Mines, the Monuments Men (as in the movie), heaps of lawyers, various sales and finally the unexpected windfall for the Rijksmuseum. The Rijksmuseum now owns the famous Elk Antler, part of the items once belonging in the Grave Chapel of the son of Charlemagne. As an art object this item had an incredible pedigree.

Drs Kees Kaldenbach, your guide, spent over half a year in libraries and archives in Holland to get to the bottom of this story.


Dr Fritz Mannheimer, the Larger Than Life Fine Art collector. Hitler bought all of his art from the bank and lost all of it after 5 years!

Mannheimers direct descendants looking at the 1400 objects amassed by their forefather.

Abraham Roentgen, The very best single piece of furniture ever produced in Germany.

Drs. Kees Kaldenbach with Japanese film team. He has worked with dozens of TV teams from all over the world.