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Monthly Archives: October 2013

Free Adriaan Koerbagh!

October 31st, 2013

Free Adriaan Koerbagh! Unfortunately, it ‘s a little too late for that: Koerbagh died in prison in 1669 (a ‘Rasphuis’ in Amsterdam). He belonged to the circle of Spinoza, and wrote a very critical lexicon debunking the dogmas of the reformed and other churches. Read all about this ‘heretic’ whose thumb would have been chopped […]

The Secret Heresy of Hieronymus Bosch

October 23rd, 2013

Lynda Harris, author of The Secret Heresy of Hieronymus Bosch (first published 1985, reprinted 2002) is one of the many authors attracted by the enigma of Bosch’ paintings and interested in exploring possible influences: “Behind their appearance of orthodoxy, they portray the doctrines and attitudes of Catharism”, as the blurb claims. The author believes that […]

Louis Cattiaux and the Surreal

October 21st, 2013

A new blog on the fascinating painter Louis Cattiaux, founder of the ‘Transhylisme’ (Beyond Matter) movement in the early 1930s. The Ritman Library is grateful to have received a donation of Mrs. Jeanne Lohest-Hooghvorst of Beya Publications, Belgium. Joanne has given the following five works by or about the French painter and poet Louis Cattieux […]

A lucky hit?

October 18th, 2013

A few months ago the BPH acquired a number of anthroposophical works dating from the 1920s and 1930s. The collection not only consists of books, but also includes an admittance ticket to one of Rudolf Steiner’s mystery plays, Hüter der Schwelle. The name on the printed ticket, showing the Rosicrucian symbol designed by Steiner himself, […]

Morgen-Glantz. Zeitschrift der Christian Knorr von Rosenroth-Gesellschaft.

October 12th, 2013

Morgen-Glantz. Zeitschrift der Christian Knorr von Rosenroth-Gesellschaft. Vol. 23 (2013), 366 pp. Ever heard of the Christian Knorr von Rosenroth Society? Now is your chance! This German Society brings out a periodica once a year with articles (all in German) covering many more subjects and persons than Knorr von Rosenroth (1636-1689) and his famous Kabbala […]

Newsletter – 10 October 2013

October 10th, 2013

      The Ritman Library Newsletter no. 12/2013 – 10 October 2013         BLOG ENCHANTED MODERNITIES SOME THOUGHT-FORMS ON THE METAPHYSICAL IN ART by Eline Bochem From September 25th – 27th the international scholarly conference Enchanted Modernities – Theosophy, Modernism & the Arts took place in Amsterdam, bringing together more than 150 bright minds working in […]

Two new volumes on Christian Kabbala

October 6th, 2013

Two new volumes on Christian Kabbala: Volumes 2 and 3 (covering the years 1600-1660 and 1660-1850): W. Schmidt-Biggemann, Geschichte der christlichen Kabbala. (Stuttgart/Bad Cannstadt , Fromman-Holzboog 2013). Vol. 2 contains explanations of the enigmatic engravings in the works of Heinrich Khunrath and Robert Fludd, and deals with Böhme’s much disputed relationship to the Kabbalah. Other […]

Enchanted Modernities – Some Thought-Forms on the Metaphysical in Art

October 4th, 2013

For three days last week Amsterdam was the epicentre for anyone interested in the relationship between the arts and anthroposophical and theosophical currents. From September 25th – 27th the international scholarly conference Enchanted Modernities – Theosophy, Modernism & the Arts took place on two locations, the Singelkerk and Doelenzaal, bringing together more than 150 bright […]