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Monthly Archives: March 2013

Newsletter – 28 March 2013

March 28th, 2013

  The Ritman Library Newsletter no. 5/2013 – 28 MARCH 2013     BLOG SPECIAL EVENT Wonderful Worlds of botany, alchemy and esotericism On 22 March about 55 people attended the special afternoon devoted to the two exhibitions currently showing in The Ritman Library: ‘A Curious Tsar‘ and ‘Alchemy on the Amstel‘. Director & librarian Esther Ritman […]

Special event – ‘Wonderful Worlds of botany, alchemy and esotericism’ 22 March 2013

March 27th, 2013

Wonderful Worlds of botany, alchemy and esotericism On 22 March about 55 people attended the special afternoon devoted to the two exhibitions currently showing in The Ritman Library: ‘A Curious Tsar‘ and ‘Alchemy on the Amstel‘. Director & librarian Esther Ritman introduced the three speakers who had kindly agreed to offer what proved to be fascinating presentations: […]

Past, present, future: 20 years of Russian-Dutch Library collaboration.

March 27th, 2013

1993-2013: they have been no ordinary two decades. It is perhaps not common knowledge but two countries, Russia and the Netherlands, have been linked by a common purpose thanks to the efforts of two determined libraries: ‘so far away, yet so close’, as the saying is. These past twenty years, The Russian Rudomino All Russia […]

University of the Arts group visit The Ritman Library

March 27th, 2013

On 20 March 2013 a group of students of the Typographic Interest Group from the University of the Arts in London visited The Ritman Library. Curator José Bouman offered the group a guided tour of the library, all the way up to the rare books room. We asked Phil Baines, Professor of Typography, to write […]

An Alchemical Triumphal Chariot

March 27th, 2013

While leafing through a sturdy little volume of more than a thousand pages, brought out by the Stuttgart publisher J. Scheible in the Das Kloster, weltlich und geistlich series in 1846, I came across an image of a triumphal chariot that was completely unknown to me. The enigmatic picture is full of allusions to the […]

Newsletter 14 March 2013

March 14th, 2013

  The Ritman Library Newsletter no. 4/2013 – 14 MARCH 2013     VIDEO OPENING EXHIBITION‘ A Curious Tsar: Peter the Great’ On Friday afternoon 9 March 2013, the Bloemstraat was for a few hours a little piece of Russia during the opening of A curious Tsar: Peter the Great and discovering Nature’s Secrets in Amsterdam, […]

Uitnodiging Themamiddag ‘Wonderlijke Werelden: over botanie, alchemie en esoterie’

March 13th, 2013

THEMAMIDDAG ‘WONDERLIJKE WERELDEN: OVER BOTANIE, ALCHEMIE EN ESOTERIE’ Themamiddag n.a.v. de dubbeltentoonstelling Een nieuwsgierige Tsaar en Alchemie aan de Amstel Op vrijdag 8 maart 2013 opende in The Ritman Library een nieuwe tentoonstelling: ‘Een nieuwsgierige Tsaar. Peter de Grote op zoek naar de geheimen der natuur in Amsterdam’, die tot 20 september 2013 te zien […]

A second home for enlightened Russian thinker Novikov

March 13th, 2013

Nikolay Ivanovich Novikov 1744-1818 From the report of Archbishop Plato to Catherine the Great, January 1786: “As before the throne of God, so before your throne, Your Most Gracious Majesty the Empress, I undertake, according to my conscience and rank, to report, that I pray to the most generous God that not just in the […]

Opening exhibition ‘A Curious Tsar: Peter the Great’.

March 13th, 2013

On Friday afternoon 8 March 2013, the Bloemstraat was for a few hours a little piece of Russia as distinguished guests Mikhail Piotrovsky, Director of the Hermitage in St Petersburg, Ekaterina Genieva and Alexandr Petrov, Director General and Executive Director of the Rudomino Library in Moscow, Yuri Chistov, Director of the Kunstkamera in St Petersburg, […]

Adriaen Koerbagh: A Life

March 13th, 2013

This Thursday will see the launch of the first full biography of one of the greatest exponents of what Jonathan Israel has called the Radical Enlightenment, Adriaen Koerbagh (1632-1669), in the pleasant surroundings of Amsterdam’s Special Collections on Oude Turfmarkt. Published by Vantilt in Nijmegen, Adriaen Koerbagh: Het noodlot van een ketter (‘Adriaen Koerbagh: A heretic’s […]