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Monthly Archives: May 2014

Newsletter – 29 May 2014

May 30th, 2014

  The Ritman Library Newsletter no. 05/2014 – 29 May 2014   NEW WEBINAR MARCO PASI Infinite Fire Webinar VIII (PART II)   Now online! A new Infinite Fire Webinar, by Dr. Marco Pasi. This webinar focusses on the Theosophical Movement, which was founded in the late 19th century. The word Theosophy relates to ‘Wisdom concerning God or things divine’. Watch […]

Alchemists and artists: the art of transformation

May 25th, 2014

An impression of Alchemy – Das Geheimnis der Verwandlung, an exhibition in the Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf, 5 April – 10 August 2014. The visual arts and alchemy have so much in common that we are easily inclined to take a painter for an alchemist. The earliest texts in the alchemical canon are concerned with imitating pearls, […]

“Let there be light!” – Adriaan Koerbagh’s book in modern Dutch

May 25th, 2014

“Let there be light!” Adriaan Koerbagh’s A Light Shining in Dark Places now available in modern Dutch The ‘tragic story of the brothers Koerbagh’, Jonathan Israel observed in Radical Enlightenment, ‘may very well have been the very first example in Europe of official suppression of philosophical “enlightenment” of the people, as distinct from traditional suppression […]

Infinite Fire Webinar VIII – The Theosophical Movement

May 16th, 2014

This is the second of three webinars by dr. Marco Pasi in our Infinite Fire Webinar series. In his first webinar, Marco Pasi focused on the Austrian author and occultist Gustav Meyrink (1868-1932) and his esoteric novels, such as The Golem (1915). In his second webinar, he discusses the Theosophical movement, which arose in the […]

V.I.T.R.I.O.L. – An Alchemical Artwork by Mireille Robbe

May 15th, 2014

Recently, the library received an artwork by the Belgian artist Mireille Robbe called V.I.T.R.I.O.L. The acronym refers to the famous alchemical motto ‘Visita Interiora Terrae Rectificando Invenies Occultum Lapidem‘ meaning: ‘Visit the Interior Parts of the Earth; by Rectification Thou Shalt Find the Hidden Stone‘. The words may also be taken to refer to a Grail-like […]