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Monthly Archives: February 2013

Exhibition – ‘A Curious Tsar: Peter the Great’

February 27th, 2013

  ‘A Curious Tsar: Peter the Great and Discovering the Secrets of Nature in Amsterdam’ Exhibition 11 March – 20 September 2013 in The Ritman Library The city of Amsterdam is getting ready to celebrate 400 years of relations between Russia and the Netherlands with a major exhibition opening on 9 March 2013 in the […]

The Ritman Library live in ‘Streets of Amsterdam’

February 27th, 2013

  Lights, camera, action – welcome to The Ritman Library! On Thursday 7 February 2013 ‘Straten van Amsterdam’ (Streets of Amsterdam), a television programme broadcast by the Amsterdam broadcasting company AT5, visited the Bloemstraat and The Ritman Library. Anchorwoman Gülden Ilmaz talked to Joost and Esther Ritman in a fascinating journey of discovery through the […]

Infinite Fire Webinar IV – The Revival of Platonic Orientalism

February 27th, 2013

Infinite Fire Webinar IV – The Revival of Platonic Orientalism Welcome to Prof.dr. Wouter J. Hanegraaff’s first webinar in the Infinite Fire series, devoted to “The Revival of Platonic Orientalism”. Hanegraaff explains that the Hermetic philosophy of the Renaissance was part of a larger development that has had an enormous impact on early modern thought. […]

Who was Ali Puli?

February 26th, 2013

  It is now thirty years ago that I saw him for the first time, talking to Hayy Ibn Yaqzan. The two philosophers were discussing the Sal Naturae Concentratum, one of the many names for the Philosopher’s Stone. The philosophical talks were created by Willem van Swaanenburg (1679-1728), a journalist with an inclination for spiritualism […]

Newsletter – 14 February 2013

February 14th, 2013

  The Ritman Library Newsletter no. 2/2013 – 14 FEBRUARY 2013     OUR WEBSITE   |   FACEBOOK   |   TWITTER   |   WEBSHOP  |  NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE Pearls of wisdomYou live that you may learn to love. You love that you may learn to live.Michael Naimy – The book of Mirdad VIDEO INFINITE […]

Upcoming: a special exhibition ‘A curious Tsar: Peter the Great’

February 13th, 2013

A curious Tsar: Peter the Great and discovering nature’s secrets in Amsterdam Presenting: a special exhibition in The Ritman Library. Remarkable, intriguing and above all curious. ‘A curious Tsar: Peter the Great and discovering nature’s secrets in Amsterdam‘ shows printed works and engravings highlighting this extraordinary Tsar and the Scotsman Robert Erskine, and their shared interest […]

Introducing the second Infinite Fire Webinar host: Wouter J. Hanegraaff

February 13th, 2013

Introducing the second Infinite Fire Webinar host: Wouter J. Hanegraaff 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. The series represents an initiative […]

Lawrence Principe takes Basilius Valentinus to the laboratory

February 13th, 2013

The current exhibition in the BPH, Alchemy on the Amstel, shows a number of works by Basil Valentine, and to some extent traces the influence of the writings that appeared under this wonderfully named adept. I have noticed that Professor Lawrence Principe in his latest book ‘The Secrets of Alchemy’, University of Chicago Press, 2013, […]

Picturing the Triumphant Chariot of Antimony

February 6th, 2013

Picturing the Triumphant Chariot of Antimony In 1604 the first edition of Basilius Valentinus’ Triumph-Wagen Antimonii appeared, a panegyric on the medicinal use of the semi-metal antimony, with clear alchemical recipes included. The Triumph-Wagen Antimonii was the first of eight works in this edition, and was followed by: Von der Tinctur oder Oleo Stibii, Rogeri […]