Available for publishers right now (season 2018-2019): a completely finished Vermeer book manuscript, ready for print.

Better link here: Vermeer Book manuscript

Manuscript size: 48.000 words ; about 100 images, of which most are delivered by me as ready-to-print electronic downloads, in full size

- most images completely free of reproduction rights, making it a beautiful book and a financially interesting proposition in terms of payment of copyrights.

The boxed book will contain these parts

1. the book itself, results of original archival research over the last 40 years

and as a publishing option two large and outstanding maps of Delft, being

2a. one full size birds eye map, the Kaart figuratief which is as yet unpublished in full size

2b. a full colour presentation map of ca. 100 artists and ca. 100 patrons in the seventeenth century Delft, in an updated version.


Treasures of Vermeer

by Drs Kees Kaldenbach


For the future blurb:

The author presents over two-thirds of Vermeer’s 36 paintings in this book. Within his choice, author Drs. Kaldenbach goes in-depth, telling unique stories and offering rarely seen treasures in archival documents, text and images.

This volume contains Kaldenbach’s lifetime of original research in archives and knowledge gained by worldwide travel to art collections. This book on seventeenth century painting offers a rich array of weblinks and thereby sets a new standard.

Reprinted documents inserted in envelopes will give you the thrill of almost handling the originals from archives. The documents make this a very special book. Some are printed in full size, as is the 4-part birds-eye map Kaart Figuratief, which may be glued together into a magnificent poster. This unique document has not been available full size on the market up to now.

Vermeer’s young eligible women and men are presented as embracing love and embodying desire with necessary caution, as exemplified in Emblamata books of the period.



About the author

Drs Kees Kaldenbach is an independent art historian based in Amsterdam, Holland. As a leading Vermeer scholar, he has studied in archives and published original Vermeer research since 1975. This book contains many referrals to web pages, both his own and those of others. His own extensive website presents gems: the Digital Vermeer House and the Clickable Map of Seventeenth Century Delft. His scholarly publications can be found online NOTE1. A natural teacher, his outreach in art is available for free at www.johannesvermeer.info. He is owner-director of Private Art Tours.

NOTE1: http://kalden.home.xs4all.nl/auth/Publications_Kaldenbach.html



Table of contents - How to use this book

This book is thematically organized. You are free to read chapters in any preferred order. Those readers needing biography may start at chapter 7. Paintings of females are discusses in chapters 4 and 10. For information on Delft start with chapters 1, 2, 6 and 8. The thrill of virtually touching history is hidden in the envelopes: key archival documents, the only tangible Vermeer items left to us after some 350 years.


Chapter 1: Delft, a Military City;

Chapter 2: An Absolute Masterwork: The Art of Painting (Vienna)

Chapter 3. Vermeer’s Paint Materials and Techniques

Chapter 4. Music, Courtship and Love

Chapter 5. Delft lens makers, Optical Experiments, Camera Obscura

Chapter 6. Artists and Artisans, Masters in the Guild of St Luke

Chapter 7. Vermeer’s Houses and Family History

Chapter 8. City Institutions and Knowledge

Chapter 9. Delft Blue Industry

Chapter 10. Vermeer’s Women: Poetry, Stillness

Chapter 11. Vermeer’s Fame, Lost and Found

Chapter 12. Selected Bibliography

Chapter 13. Treasures from Archives: Palpable connections to Vermeer, a giant of fine art.





Abbreviated list of all Vermeer paintings.

NOTE: For more information, see essentialvermeer.com. Painting’s dates in this book are those stated on museum web sites.

Discussing these Vermeer paintings:

Diana and her Companions, The Hague. Chapter 6.
Christ in the House of Martha and Mary, Edinburgh. Chapter 3.
The Procuress, Dresden. Chapter 8.
Drunken Sleeping Maid at a Table, MMA. Chapter 10.
A Girl Reading a Letter by an Open Window, Dresden. Chapter 10.
Officer and Laughing Girl, Frick-NYC. Chapter 1.
The Little Street, Amsterdam. Chapter 7.
The Milkmaid, Amsterdam. Chapter 7.
The Glass of Wine. Berlin. Chapter 4.
The Girl with a Glass of Wine. Braunschweig
Girl Interrupted in her Music, Frick NYC Detail, chapter 4.
View of Delft, The Hague. Chapter 1.
The Music Lesson, London / Windsor. Chapter 4.
Woman (in Blue) Reading a Letter, Amsterdam. Chapter 10.
Woman Holding a Balance, Washington-DC. Chapter 10.
Young Woman with a Water Pitcher, MMA-NYC. Chapter 10.
Woman with a Lute, MMA-NYC.
Woman with a Pearl Necklace, Berlin. Chapter 10.
A Lady Writing, Washington-DC.
Girl with a Red Hat, Washington-DC. Chapter 10.
Girl with a Flute, Washington-DC.
Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Hague. Chapter 10.
The Concert, ISG-Boston, (stolen 1990). Chapter 4.
The Art of Painting, Vienna. Chapter 2.
Study of a Young Woman, MMA-NYC.
Mistress and Maid, Frick-NYC. Chapter 10.
The Astronomer, Louvre.
The Geographer, Frankfurt. Chapter 8.
The Lacemaker, Louvre. Chapter 10.
The Love Letter, Amsterdam. Chapter 10.
The Guitar Player, Kenwood-London
Lady Writing a Letter with her Maid, Dublin. Chapter 10.
Allegory of Catholic Faith, MMA-NYC Chapter 10.
A Lady Standing at a Virginal, London. Chapter 10.
A Lady Seated at a Virginal, London.
A Young Woman Seated at the Virginals, Leiden Collection (Tom Kaplan) NYC; often lent out to public museums.

Word count:

Vermeer book word count
Table Contents + List of paintings 525
Ch1 Military City 6000
Ch2 The Art of Painting 3120
Ch3 Paint Materials 1900
Ch4 Music, Courtship and Love 4700
Ch5 Optical Experiments 3250
Ch6 Guild of St Luke 5040
Ch7 Vermeer's Houses 5600
Ch8 City Institutions 3900
Ch9 Delft Blue 2280
Ch10 Vermeer's Women 8300
Ch11 Vermeer's Fame 2000
Ch12 Bibliography 620
Index (will there be one?) 0
CH 13 Treasures 1000
Total 48235

If the publisher can afford including the few otherVermeer images and payment of reproduction rights, all Vermeer paintings can be reproduced and discussed. In that case the word count would go up to 50.000 words.

For the secondary illustrations, most materials have been chosen from the rich collections of the Rijksmuseum and Rijksprentenkabinet. All of that material is completely free of reproduction rights. It makes an affordable project.

As a text example: Vermeer, Allegory of Catholic Faith (NYC)


Research presented in November 2014 about Mannheimer: he almost bought the best Vermeer: The Art of Painting (now in Vienna)

Contact the author: kalden@xs4all.nl

Updated July 1, 2016. Updated 3 september 2018.