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Monthly Archives: November 2012

Newsletter November 2012

November 30th, 2012

    THE RITMAN LIBRARY NEWSLETTER – NOVEMBER 2012 VIRTUAL EXHIBITION TOUR | INFINITE FIRE By library founder Joost R. Ritman On 16 December 2011 the library that was closed a year before in 2010 re-opened its doors. With the exhibition ‘Infinite Fire’ we wanted to show that we wish to continue with our mission: […]

Infinite Fire Webinar II – The Emblemata of the Atalanta Fugiens

November 30th, 2012

With the Infinite Fire Webinar Series, the Ritman Library and the Center for the History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents (GHF) of the University of Amsterdam have joined forces and are planting the seed for a Scholarly Hermetic Circle. As we announced at the beginning of September, in the coming year we will broadcast a series of […]

Infinite Fire – A virtual exhibition tour by Joost R. Ritman

November 30th, 2012

On 16 December last year the library that was closed a year before in 2010 re-opened its doors. With the exhibition Infinite Fire we wanted to show that we wish to continue with our mission: to preserve the spiritual heritage of Western culture and make it available to everyone so as to support the spirit […]

The Petersburg Crucible – Alchemy and the Russian Nobility in Catherine the Great’s Russia

November 30th, 2012

The Petrine Instauration Religion, Esotericism and Science at the Court of Peter the Great, 1689-1725 by Robert Collis, Ph. D.   – BRILL Academic Publishers, 2011 – The reign of Peter the Great (1672-1725) was marked by an unprecedented wave of reform in Russia. This book provides an innovative reappraisal of the Petrine Age, in which hitherto […]

Many happy returns of the day, Spinoza!

November 24th, 2012

Amsterdam, and in particular various Spinoza societies in the Netherlands, will be celebrating the 380th anniversary of the birth of Spinoza (24 November 1632) this month. By a happy coincidence, the great philosopher features in the current exhibition Alchemy on the Amstel with the facsimile of a letter he wrote to one of his physician friends, […]

Early Scientists Vindicated – Het Parool 25/10/12

November 2nd, 2012

The Ritman Library: ‘Alchemy on the Amstel’ exhibition. Early scientists vindicated Amsterdam boasted scores of alchemical laboratories in the 17th century. The Ritman Library is devoting an exhibition on the subject. An article by Henk Schutten | Het Parool, Thursday October 25, 2012. How successful they really were, the alchemists of the Dutch Republic, is still open […]