The Ritman Library Newsletter no. 01/2014 – 23 January 2014
DAN BROWN VISITS THE RITMAN LIBRARY
7 January 2014
The New Year opened for The Ritman Library in a special way with a visit by Dan Brown, celebrated author of Inferno (to name only the most recent one of his bestsellers). Dan Brown greatly appreciated coming face to face with the primary sources of the Hermetic tradition as he was given a tour of the collection by the Ritman family and curator José Bouman.Read more…
Caleidoscope of Life
On New Year’s Eve, Joost R. Ritman, founder of The Ritman Library, traditionally presented the Amsterdam Jordaan district – specifically the area around Westerkerk – with an amazing fireworks display. The theme for 2014 was “Caleidoscope” – watch the video for the full works! Read more…
COMENIUS GESELLSCHAFT IN
THE RITMAN LIBRARY
4 October 2013
On Friday 4 October members of the Comenius Gesellschaft were the guests of The Ritman Library. They were first made welcome in the Huis met de Hoofden by Esther and Joost R. Ritman. The visit was part of the programme of the international Comenius Conference 2013, ‘Keys to the thoughts of Comenius in our time’.Read more…
WEBINAR SERIES III
Dr. Marco Pasi
Dr. Marco Pasi is Assistent Professor at the Center for the History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents at the University of Amsterdam. In this webinar Marco is focusing on the Austrian author and occultist Gustav Meyrink (1868-1932). Marco will deliver the next 3 episodes of the Infinite Fire Webinar Series. For the introduction to his webinars, see: Click here. Read more…
“Make a circle out of a man and a woman, out of this a square, out of this a triangle, make a circle, and you will have the Philosophers’ Stone”
Emblem XXI from Michael Maier, Atalanta Fugiens, Oppenheim, 1618.
WHITE RADIANCE, DE KETELFACTORY with Esther Ritman
On 12 January 2014 Esther Ritman gave a presentation (in Dutch) on art and the Hermetica in the Ketelfactory in Schiedam, the Netherlands. Following her presentation, she entered into discussion with the artists of the exhibition ‘White Radiance’. The exhibition runs until 9 February:www.deketelfactory.nl/en/nutezien.php
Stay tuned for an atmospheric video of the event!
PUZZLING DIAGRAM Information wanted!
Our current exhibition ‘Beauty as the imprint of the cosmos’ feautures a large drawing (93×49 cm.) signed by R. Hoffmann, a (German?) artist about whom we know nothing. The diagram shows a spiritual path of man. It is probably anthroposophical in origin. Who can tell us more about the meaning of this diagram, or knows more about the artist or the date of this drawing? The drawing can be viewed in the library until 25 May.Read more…
– Ebook of the exhibition Beauty as the Imprint of the Cosmos– New blog by Alfred Bast
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