Visit the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum in-depth with 3 specialty tours, each about 2 hours:
- Dr Fritz Mannheimer as a Fine Art collector, 1400 items now in the Rijksmuseum.
- Christian Mediaeval Art and later Christian art. How faith permeated all aspects of daily life.
- Enjoy world-class Applied Art including top-class furniture, goldsmithing, crystal work, and Delft Blue (on this page).
VIP entry, tour with an excellent art historian guide
Rijksmuseum Specialty Tour 1: Dr Fritz Mannheimer, 1400 items of Fine Art
1400 works of art 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.
Private Guided Tour by professional Art History Scholar with excellent teaching skills. Specialist in Vermeer and Rembrandt. VIP entry. Avoid crowds: Best entry time is 9 AM.
Drs Kees Kaldenbach: „…he is wildly overqualified to be a guide . That is his secret… Trust me on this.” Gabe. Statement made February, 2017.