CultuRAbile is Arjan Vader:
an active cultural historian, a storyteller, an experienced guide and researcher.
I graduated with distinction from the Faculty of Cultural Sciences at the Dutch Open University. My master thesis was focused on the painting of light by two 15th century Italian painters. Italy and its art always have been dear to me, it explains the Italianised name CultuRAbile. After my graduation I became an Open University study advisor and teacher for 8 years (until mid 2016). For over 10 years I have also worked as a guide in several Amsterdam museums. Before that for over 20 years I was a… banker.
What started as an interest in art and culture transformed into an academic study. In time this study evolved from a keen interest into a real passion. Finally, I turned my passion into a job. Today I still tremendously enjoy this passion-turned-to-job. I continue to learn new things every day, and I would very much like to share this knowledge with you! CultuRAbile is my means to do just that.
I am a cultural historian as well as an art historian. I have diverse interests, ranging from medieval art to modern sculpture and from 17th century architecture to 19th and 20th century city-development and planning. In my tours and walks for CultuRAbile I always look for interaction. I will try to challenge you to really digest what you see and what I tell you. By asking questions, I like to encourage an exchange of views on what we see and what it might mean. This widens and deepens both your and my knowledge and understanding.
(L) The Martyrdom of St. Lucy, Master of the Figdor Deposition, c. 1505 – c. 1510
(M) Madonna of Humility, Fra Angelico, c. 1440
(R) The Virgin and Child with four Holy Virgins, Master of the Virgo inter Virgines, c. 1495 – c. 1500
Start exploring my site and make yourself familiar with the activities of CultuRAbile. The site shows the main walks and tours. Customized one-day or multi-day programs can always be arranged, suited to your personal interests. Use the contact page to inform me of your plans and desires.