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Newsletter – 11 July 2013

July 11th, 2013

  The Ritman Library Newsletter no. 9/2013 – 11 JULY 2013     BLOG ESSWE4 by Eline Bochem Last week the bi-annual international conference of The European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE) took place in the University of Gothenburg. ESSWE is a scholarly society, founded in 2005 to enhance and promote the academic […]

Newsletter – 13 June 2013

June 13th, 2013

  The Ritman Library Newsletter no. 8/2013 – 13 JUNE 2013     BLOG AND PREZI DAN BROWN’S INFERNO A Journey to Dante’s Hell by José Bouman On 14 May Dan Brown’s latest novel was launched worldwide: Inferno, a title alluding to Dante’s La Divina Commedia. The Ritman Library was there when the Dutch translation was presented to an expectant public, early […]

Newsletter – 9 May 2013

May 9th, 2013

  The Ritman Library Newsletter no. 7/2013 – 9 MAY 2013     VIDEO INFINITE FIRE WEBINAR V Hermetic Tradition of the Renaissance by Wouter J. Hanegraaff In this 5th Webinar Wouter Hanegraaff continues the narrative by discussing the “Hermetic” variant, according to which the true wisdom goes back to Hermes Trismegistus in Egypt. Read more… BLOG […]

Newsletter – 11 April 2013

April 11th, 2013

  The Ritman Library Newsletter no. 6/2013 – 11 APRIL 2013     VIDEO VIDEO OF THE 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 & […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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, […]

Opening Speech Esther Ritman – Exhibition A Curious Tsar: Peter the Great

March 8th, 2013

Most honoured guests from Russia, Mikhail Piotrovsky, director general of the State Hermitage Museum St.-Petersburg, Ekaterina Genieva, director general of the Rudomino All Russia State Library for Foreign Literature, Alexander Petrov, executive director of the Rudomino Library, Yuri Chistov, director of the Kunstkamera St. Petersburg, Sergey Korostelev, member of council of trustees of the Sobranie […]

Artist Christine Ödlund visits the library

March 8th, 2013

The artist Christine Ödlund came to The Ritman Library with Marco Pasi last week, and we had the wonderful opportunity of meeting with her and talking about her interests related to the materials in the library’s collection. Christine is a cutting edge multi-media artist whose works have been shown in various museums from Sweden to Japan, […]

Newsletter – 28 February 2013

March 1st, 2013

  The Ritman Library Newsletter no. 3/2013 – 28 FEBRUARY 2013     VIDEO INFINITE FIRE WEBINAR IV The Revival of Platonic Orientalism by Wouter J. Hanegraaff 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 […]

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 […]

Newsletter 31 January 2013

January 31st, 2013

  The Ritman Library Newsletter no. 1/2013 – 31 JANUARY 2013     OUR WEBSITE   |   FACEBOOK   |   TWITTER   |   WEBSHOP  |  NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE Pearls of wisdom ~Freedom is absolutely necessary for the progress in science and the liberal arts~Spinoza VIDEO GUIDED TOUR ALCHEMY ON THE AMSTEL Alchemy Class University […]

Newsletter December 2012

January 9th, 2013

  The Ritman LIbrary Newsletter .         THE RITMAN LIBRARY NEWSLETTER – DECEMBER 2012    It is true, without a lie,   certain and most true,   that which is below is as that which is above, and that which is above is as that which is below, to perform the miracles […]

Gustav Meyrink and the Rosicrucians

December 17th, 2012

Rosicrucian imagery in Der weiße Dominikaner and Der Engel vom westlichen Fenster „Ich breite die Arme aus“ Der weiße Dominikaner „Breite die Arme aus, Aufrechtstehender!“ Ich breitete die Arme waagrecht. Der Engel vom westlichen Fenster   Erwin Tintner’s cover illustration for Der weiße Dominikaner (1921) In 1890 a significant turn of events changed the life […]

Amsterdam was a centre of magic and mysticism

December 17th, 2012

Henk Schutten Translation of an article which appeared in Het Parool, 6 December 2008 The Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica devotes an exhibition to the author Gustav Meyrink Chidr, a mysterious personage with a green visage, plays a major role in Gustav Meyrink’s novel The Green face. Those who encounter Chidr with a flaming cross on his […]

Chotverdori aschubliv

December 17th, 2012

Erik van den Berg © De Volkskrant (translation of an article which appeared on 23 January 2009) Profile: Gustav Meyrink The novels The Golem and The Green Face made Gustav Meyrink famous. Eventually his readers and critics lost interest in the author. An exhibition throws light on his esoteric side. A heavyweight from the world […]

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: […]

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 […]

Newsletter October 2012

October 27th, 2012

  THE RITMAN LIBRARY NEWSLETTER – OCTOBER 2012   RECENT MULTIMEDIA INITIATIVES  |  INFINITE FIRE WEBINAR SERIES I The Alchemy of the Amphitheatrum by Dr. P.J. Forshaw The 1st Infinite Fire Webinar is online! Dr. P.J. Forshaw of the Center for History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents, UvA shares his knowledge on Heinrich Khunrath or Dr. […]

International Scientific Conference – Russia & the Gnosis (15-17 Oct | Moscow)

October 19th, 2012

This week Ritman library founder Joost R. Ritman and his wife Rachel Ritman were together with library director Esther Oosterwijk-Ritman special guest at the International Scientific Conference: ‘Russia and the Gnosis: The Fates of the Religious-Philosophical Searches of Nikolai Novikov and his Circle’ The conference took place in Moscow, Russia from October 15th until 17th and celebrated […]

Infinite Fire Webinar I – The Alchemy of the Amphitheatrum

October 19th, 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 […]

Alchemy – The Art of Change

October 15th, 2012

Today, the exhibition Alchemy on the Amstel – On Hermetic Medicine in the Golden Age of the Dutch Republic has opened its doors. In the past months curator Cis van Heertum together with curator José Bouman searched for manuscripts, sources and objects belonging to the Ritman library, Museum Boerhaave in Leiden and the Royal Library (KB) in […]

The Hermetic Synthesis – extracts from Convivencia

September 21st, 2012

‘It is true! It is certain! It is the whole truth! That which is below is the same to that which is above and that which is above is the same to that which is below, in order that the wonders of the One shall be accomplished. As all things are accomplished out of the […]

Hermeticism – key to universal knowledge

September 17th, 2012

  Translation of Joost R. Ritman’s response to the laudatio delivered by prof. dr. Maria A. Schenkeveld-van der Dussen, chairwoman of the Arts Department of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, on being awarded the Academy’s Silver Medal on 13 May 2002. “Honourable chairman, governors, and members of the Academy, ladies and gentlemen; […]

Exhibition – Alchemy on the Amstel

September 13th, 2012

Alchemy on the Amstel: On Hermetic Medicine in the Golden Age of the Dutch Republic Exhibition in The Ritman Library 15 October 2012 – 17 May 2013 Prolonged until 20 September 2013! In the 17th century, many apothecaries not only sold pharmaceutical remedies made on the basis of medicinal plants but also alchemically produced medicines: the […]

Tentoonstelling – Alchemie aan de Amstel

September 13th, 2012

Alchemie aan de Amstel: Over Hermetische Geneeskunst in de Gouden Eeuw Tentoonstelling in The Ritman Library van 15 oktober 2012 tot en met 17 mei 2013 In de 17e eeuw werden door veel apothekers naast medicijnen op basis van geneeskrachtige planten ook geneesmiddelen aangeboden die op alchemistische wijze waren verkregen: de zogenaamde iatrochemische medicijnen. Apothekers […]

A word of thanks: to the living future

September 10th, 2012

  On Friday 16 December 2011 the Ritman Library re-opened its doors after having been closed for a year. On this occasion Joost Ritman, the founder of the library, explained: ‘The library is like a ship in a storm, we have always tried to steer it to a safe and vital haven’. Before the library […]

The Infinite Fire Webinar Series

September 3rd, 2012

As from today the Hermetically Open project is live and connected to the project is the Infinite Fire Webinar Series. 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 […]

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