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Recently premiered! The Ritman Library Documentary by Artoldo

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We are very proud to present to you… a documentary about our library! Sara Ferro and Chris Weil of Artoldo Pictures visited the library in the spring of 2016, not long before we moved out of the building on Bloemstraat. Their documentary offers a really unique view inside our previous location and the library there. The result is a 90-minutes long sequence of enchanting books, unique interviews, beautiful pearls of wisdom, side by side with a clear and concise history of western Esotericism by Dr. Marco Pasi, Associate Professor at the Chair of History of Hermetic philosophy and related currents at the University of Amsterdam. If you want to be immersed in a wealth of wisdom, history and previously unrecorded stories: you’ve just got to watch this movie!

Movie description by Artoldo

This documentary shows you how rare old books about the divine essence of things, the hidden reality behind the curtain of visible life can be the first companions for a soul seeking for an inner spiritual path, and how this path can guide you to the nature of the universe, shedding light on the intimate relationship between Microcosm and Macrocosm. How the rediscovery in early printed books of rejected knowledge and concealed truths can ignite a transcendent spark, help to pass a sort of mystical gate and find access to a circle of initiates. In a symbolical alchemical transmutation of one’s own reality. How some ancient metaphysical traditions can incorporate the Inviolable, Absolute and Permanent. How a certain particular world of bibliophiles ticks, what motivates them and how to come to terms with auctions while you build up your library – and above all why to build up a library. Understanding books as an engine of cultural revolutions and as a heritage of hard-fought theories and determined authors, all of which we can now enjoy freely. The founder of the BPH Joost Ritman, the director of the library Esther Ritman, the curators Cis van Heertum and José Bouman tell us about all this, while Marco Pasi of the University of Amsterdam narrates the wonderful and captivating history of Western Esotericism.

See legendary first editions, rare books and manuscripts like the famous Fama Fraternitatis, the Corpus Hermeticum, Tabula Smaragdina, Atalanta Fugiens, Spaccio della bestia trionfante, Plantin’s Polyglot Bible and discover amazing works of authors like Basilius Valentinus, Marsilio Ficino, Johannes Reuchlin, Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim, Paracelsus, Giordano Bruno, Heinrich Khunrath, Michael Maier, Jacob Böhme, Lambspring, Robert Fludd, Daniel Mögling, Benedictus de Spinoza, Matthäus Merian and Stephan Michelspacher.


To summarize :
– Exclusive rare books, manuscripts, wood cuts, engravings and first editions
– Fascinating interviews and anecdotes
– Amazing visual contents and images
– Stunning symbols of Alchemy, Hermetica, Mysticism, Cabala, Magic, Rosicrucianism
– Learn more about the spellbinding history of Western Esotericism

With big thanks to Sara Ferro and Chris Weil for all their hard work and motivation.

Watch the trailer here and download the movie directly on Artoldo’s website: 

2 Responses to Recently premiered! The Ritman Library Documentary by Artoldo

  1. Karin Rypma says:

    I just watched your documentary of your Ritman Library. This made my heart sing. What a wonderful place you created for the inner journey.
    When we will visit Holland again I certainly will visit your library.
    You were talking about a group involved with this work wec an join. I myself went through an alchemical process via images before I even knew about alchemy and since found more and more images surfacing in my clients work. I work with mages words and colour.I know for real alchemical work we need to go deep into the right brain where all answers might surface.

  2. Susan Lynch says:

    The Ritman Library Documentary by Artoldo is wonderful! I just saw it yesterday on GAIA and intend to watch it several more times because there is so much information. I had no idea this library existed. One day I hope to visit.

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