Art historian Drs. Kees Kaldenbach lives and works in Amsterdam and is specialized in European art. As a teacher and public educator he uses lectures and online multimedia technology to present a rich tapestry of image information on European art history both for the public at large and for fellow art historians.
He has published widely and has written and designed an important website (2000+ items) on the art of the 17th century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, as well as on other Delft artists: www.johannesvermeer.info.
As a leading expert Kees has collaborated in fine arts television programs by networks such as BBC2, BBC3, BBC4, CNN, DKR Denmark,NPS Dutch TV, NTV Japan. He has also worked with radio programme makers (RNW Radio Holland). Kaldenbach has also written and published books and many articles on the history of art.
He is Patron of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Therefore has privileged access with his clients - without standing in waiting lines.
With his Amsterdam-based company Private Art Tours, Kees has lectured during well over 400 art tours to groups ranging from 1 to 20 persons. He has also successfully addressed larger audiences.
Keesí main topics of discussion are the Dutch painters Johannes Vermeer, Rembrandt van Rijn and Vincent van Gogh. He has also spoken on the topics of Dutch urban architecture and the history of local institutions in historic Dutch and Flemish towns ranging from Enkhuizen in the north to Rotterdam in the south of The Netherlands and Ghent-Bruges in Belgium.
Specialized in museum visits. Also in Germany and Austria.
Kees Kaldenbach is a learned and enthusiastic speaker who has a great capacity to share his deep passion for art history with others. His background as a teacher allows him to present complex ideas in terms that anyone can understand. In addition, his expertise in digital technology has led to a teaching position in summer programs for Emerson College, a Boston, MA-based multimedia university. From 2008 - 2010 he presented lecture series on various cultural destinations as an Enrichment Speaker on ships of the Celebrity cruiselines. Some of these lectures attracted an audience of over 500 to 1000 persons.
In March, 2011 Drs. Kaldenbach was awarded the WikiDelft award for excellence. See newspaper clipping below.
Drs. Kaldenbach is the chairman of the 'Circle of Academic Tour Guides of the Netherlands and Flanders' (CATON).
See the author's homepage and list of publications. Currently he is a visiting member of the University of Amsterdam's Gouden Eeuw Colloquium [Golden Age Colloquium] which meets monthly for lectures. He is also a supporting member of the Historians of Netherlandish Art (HNA), a member of the Consortium for Art and Architectural Historians (CAAH), a member of the Association for Art History (AAH) and a member of the International Society For Mathematical And Computational Aesthetics (ISMCA).
He carries out freelance research in Dutch archives for third parties.
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Complete Listing of tours
See the television programme on Dutch national TV on Kees Kaldenbach as a masseur and art historian, NPS Nederland 2, Saturday, 25 November 2006.
Full Menu of tours
Photo by Dick Martin.
Art and architecture tour, summer 2011
The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam being temporarily closed in the beginning of 2013 because of structural repairs, there was a chance to show a series of the best Van Gogh drawings in the separate upstairs floor, the Works on paper department of TEFAF. These Vincent van Gogh works were obviously not for sale - as an exception to the rule. In the stairwell this beautiful 3D scene could be captured. The author in green, a client in yellow.
My home: Location in Amsterdam, Map showing the Haarlemmermeerstraat, Amsterdam. You need to go to the Haarlemmermeerstraat. Please take tram 2 to the Hoofddorpplein stop, or Trams 1 or 17 to the Surinameplein stop.
Please note: there is another street in Amsterdam with a similar name, the Haarlemmerstraat, which is located near Central Station.
On art historian Drs. Kees Kaldenbach.
It is a rare and unique privilege that the Rijksmuseum has linked from the main Rijksmuseum site to this website.
Kaldenbach conducts Amsterdam Rembrandt walks for the Netherlands Bureau of Tourism, London and New York City offices. The clients they serve are often top-ranking journalists.
The magazine www.luxurytraveler.com devoted a main feature to Kees' tours and walks.
In March, 2011 Drs. Kaldenbach was awarded the WikiDelft award for excellence.
Drs. Kees Kaldenbach
Haarlemmermeerstraat 83 hs
1058 JS Amsterdam
Telephone: 020 - 669 8119 (from abroad NL +20 - 669 8119)
Cell phone: 06 - 2868 9775 (from abroad NL +6 - 2868 9775)
Updated December 22, 2012.
April 2011. Kaldenbach is recipient of the WikiDelft prize. Clipping from the newspaper Haagsche Courant
Drs. Kees Kaldenbach has been featured in television and radio documentaries, including BBC2 TV, NTV Japan, Danish TV and Radio Netherlands World Service. In July 2004 he was interviewed about Delft artists the Nishinippon (Japan, 2012) and by Tetsuya Tsuruhara for the leading Japanese newspaper The Yomiuri Shimbun. In 2004 and 2005 he acted in an advisory role to additional BBC teams. Kaldenbach has written extensively on Vermeer and 17th century Delft, also on Vincent van Gogh and on other art history topics.