Dali presents: marking up the great artists. A presentation by Kaldenbach.

Roger de Piles was one of the French critics who - like a schoolmaster - gave points to Italian Masters (highest marks / points were for Titian and Giorgione). See wiki list. Some Northern masters also scored pretty high on couleur and coloris (they were Rembrandt and Rubens). Rembrandt got low marks from Roger de Piles for his drawing. (Ha!)

And later on Dali did the same, a bit more opinionated. Salvadore Dali gives pretty extreme report card marks. He absolutely loves or hates these fine arts masters of painting:

Below: varied marks for Leonardo da Vinci, Meissonnier, Ingres, Velasquez, Bouguereau, Dali, Picasso, Raphael, Manet, Vermeer, Mondrian. And he awards excellent notes to himself.




Television programme on Dali's life and art It states: The art of painting is a disaster.


This page above I copied many many years ago from a French art book, title? page 66.

Sowhere I read that in French Academies of Art, 18th C and 19th C this awarding of points to artists was a common thing. Anybody knows a source apart from De Piles?

Oh yes, in another source I have found a list to help sort out Macho artists from Nervous artists.

Macho artists

Animal totem: Lion.

Animal Sound: Roar!

Nervous artists

Animal totem: Mouse

Animal Sound: Squeak!





De Chirico

M. Duchamp





Key Characteristics:

Crude, boorish, plebean, rustic, expressive, active, feels well in social crowds, dominant.

Key Characteristics:

Refined, cultured, city-wise, detached, aloof, contemplative, not into social crowds, submissive.


BBC television: The madness of Vermeer - Secret lives of the artists. Interviewer Andrew Graham -Dixon. Now on Youtube. At the exact time of 35 minutes, 39 seconds the interviewer interviewer Andrew Graham-Dixon parks the bike and enters my home… what you do not see in the image is the rest of the crew: lights, sound, cameraman, continuity, the director… and the item was surprisingly filmed at my home in one take. Thanks to Andrew's quality of asking the right questions at the right moment. Beforehand I had to clean up my desk, though.


Portrait of art historian Kaldenbach. Refined, cultured, city-wise, detached, aloof, contemplative. And a fine teacher.



 Menu of Kaldenbach tours

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

Book reviews:


Adriaen Coorte, by Quentin Buvelot, book & exhibition catalogue.
De Grote Rembrandt, door Gary Schwartz, boek.
Geschiedenis van Alkmaar, boek.
Carel Fabritius, Tentoonstellingscatalogus.
Frans van Mieris, Tentoonstellingscatalogus.
From Rembrandt to Vermeer, Grove Art catalogue, book.
Vermeer Studies, Congresbundel.
C. Willemijn Fock: Het Nederlandse interieur in beeld, boek.
Het Huwelijksgeschenk (1934), boek over de egoïstische vrouw, die haar luiheid botviert.
Zandvliet, 250 De Rijksten van de Gouden Eeuw , boek + nieuwe stippenplattegrond!
Ik doe wat ik doe, teksten van Lennaert Nijgh , boek + cd
Het Rotterdam Boek, boek.
Bouwen in Nederland 600 - 2000, boek.
Hollandse Stadsgezichten/ Dutch Cityscape, exhib. cat.
Zee van Land / over Hollandse Polders (NL) boek
Sea of Land / about Dutch Polders (English) book

A full article on the large portrait of the marvellous preacher Uytenboogaard.
Artikel over Uytenboogaerd, Nederlandse versie.
Geert Grote en het religieuze Andachtsbild


Contact information:

Drs. Kees Kaldenbach , kalden@xs4all.nl

Haarlemmermeerstraat 83 hs

1058 JS Amsterdam

The Netherlands

telephone 020 - 669 8119

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cell phone 06 - 2868 9775

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- by tram 2; exit Hoofddorpplein.

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Drs. Kees Kaldenbach, art historian, kalden@xs4all.nl Haarlemmermeerstraat 83hs, 1058 JS Amsterdam (near Surinameplein, ring road exit s106, streetcar tram 1 and 17).

Telephone 020 669 8119; cell phone 06 - 2868 9775.

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This page forms part of the 2000+ item Vermeer web site at www.xs4all.nl/~kalden

Launched June 7, 2011. Updated 27 October 2016.