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Praalgraf Willem van Oranje Delft.

Delft

Delft, hometown of the painter Johannes Vermeer and famous for the production of Delft blue earthenware, has a beautiful historic centre. Here one can find traces of the strong bond with the Dutch Royal family. In 1572 the municipal government sided with William of Orange and offered him a former convent as his residence: Het Prinsenhof. In the Nieuwe Kerk, located at the market square, you can visit the mausoleum of William of Orange.

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KUNSTRONDLEIDING

                           ...met passie voor kunst en cultuur

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Paleis Noordeinde, Den Haag.

City tours

If you like being outdoors and love historic facts and architecture, one of my city walks might just be what you are looking for. Would you like to make inquiries or do you have a special request? I would be happy to hear from you.

The Hague

In The Hague, our political capital, I have composed a Royal Tour. We walk past former and current palaces of our royal family and discover how the presence of the court has influenced the planning and appearance of the historic city centre. 

 

 

 

 

Museumnacht Den Haag, De Mesdag Collectie.

About Kunstrondleiding

Welcome to Kunstrondleiding, a company owned by Verena Bakhuizen (MA). You are at the right place for booking city walks through some of the most beautiful historic places in Holland, guided tours in famous Dutch art museums and lectures on a variety of art historic subjects!

I received a Master’s degree in art history from Leiden University. In 2006 I started working as a freelance museum docent and lecturer and I founded my own business in 2009.

Interested? For more specific details and bookings, please contact me by email or telephone. I am looking forward to showing you my favourite places and sharing with you my enthusiasm for and knowledge of art, design, architecture and art history.

 

 

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Academiegebouw Leiden.

Leiden

Leiden houses the oldest university of the kingdom, founded in 1575 by William of Orange as a thank you for saving the city from the Spanish troops. With its many canals and almshouses Leiden leaves an unforgettable impression. As the birthplace of Rembrandt van Rijn and Gerrit Dou this typical Dutch city attracts both artlovers and fans of historical architecture. 

 

 

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Schiedam
Schiedam, renowned for its windmills and gin distilleries, has a charming historic centre. A walk alongside the river Schie with the world’s tallest mills and past the ruins of the castle of countess Aleida (dating from 1270) is a great route to enjoy this city.

Jubileumrondleiding 160 jaar Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Fotograaf: Fred Ernst.

Guided tours

You can book me as your guide for art museums throughout The Netherlands, e.g. Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Mauritshuis and Kunstmuseum in The Hague.

For the following museums you can either book the tour with the museum directly and ask for me as your guide or alternatively you can book with me.

Escher in het Paleis;

Kunstmuseum Den Haag;

Stedelijk Museum Schiedam.

 

 

 

Gerard ter Borgh, Woman writing a letter, circa 1655. 
Collection: Mauritshuis, The Hague.

Lectures

I offer art historic lectures on multiple subjects. For example:

‘From Van Eyck to Rembrandt: Naturalism in the paintings of the Netherlandish old masters from the late 14th until the 17th century’

‘Dutch art from the Golden Age’

‘Van Gogh and the rising appreciation for his oeuvre’

‘Hendrik Willem Mesdag and his position among The Hague School’

‘Artist and patron: the bond between Piet Mondrian and the collector Salomon Slijper’ 

A lecture can be held as a separate event or as an introduction before visiting a museum. Please, contact me to discuss the options. 

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Den Briel / Brielle
April 1st 1572 Den Briel was captured and taken over from the Spanish troops by the ‘Watergeuzen’, rebels fighting for the Prince of Orange. This was one of the desicive victories in the Eighty Years’ War. And the first time a flag just like our current one was shown in triumph.
Den Briel still is a picturesque harbour city, loaded with historical references and interesting architectural sites.