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Championing Basilius Valentinus and expecting Elias Artista: Theodor Kerckring’s commentary on Currus triumphalis antimonii*

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Championing Basilius Valentinus and expecting Elias Artista: Theodor Kerckring’s commentary on Currus triumphalis antimonii*

December 15th, 2011

By Cis van Heertum Championing Basilius Valentinus and expecting Elias Artista: Theodor Kerckring’s commentary on Currus triumphalis antimonii* News from the abode of Pluto Dost thou ask what I saw? It seemed to me that I had entered the very abode of Pluto. Behold, within, his tongue was swollen, being stained with a dark colour […]

Picturing the Art of Iatrochemistry by Robert Collis

April 9th, 2013

Last week I taught a class on Western esotericism and visual culture at Drake University (Des Moines, Iowa). When preparing the class I happened upon the excellent Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) website, which contains an impressive selection of fine art devoted to ‘The Art of Iatrochemistry’ that is on display as part of the permanent […]

Picturing the Triumphant Chariot of Antimony

February 6th, 2013

Picturing the Triumphant Chariot of Antimony In 1604 the first edition of Basilius Valentinus’ Triumph-Wagen Antimonii appeared, a panegyric on the medicinal use of the semi-metal antimony, with clear alchemical recipes included. The Triumph-Wagen Antimonii was the first of eight works in this edition, and was followed by: Von der Tinctur oder Oleo Stibii, Rogeri […]

Special Event – Alchemy on the Amstel – 19 november 2012

December 19th, 2012

Alchemy on the Amstel meets Leyden’s Luxuriance and the Bibliotheca Pharmacia. On 19 November some 65 people attended an afternoon devoted to 3 related exhibitions currently showing in Leiden and in Amsterdam. Ritman Library director & librarian Esther Oosterwijk-Ritman, who introduced the afternoon’s speakers, emphasized what she said in her preface to Alchemy on the […]

Adam McLean about Alchemy on the Amstel

December 13th, 2012

We are very happy to post Adam McLean’s first blog, on the Alchemy on the Amstel exhibition currently showing in the library. Adam McLean, who really needs no introduction (and if he does, let us direct you to his website www.alchemywebsite.com/adam.html) will be posting blogs regulaly on topics related to the BPH’s collections of alchemical and hermetic literature. […]

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: […]

Alchemie aan de Amstel | Alchemy on the Amstel

November 19th, 2012

About this Book: This exhibition catalogue presents printed works and manuscripts relating to iatrochemistry in the Dutch Republic. Antimony, a  iatrochemical medicine both famous (among Paracelsians) and infamous  (among Galenists) and Theodor Kerckring, chymical physician and friend of Spinoza, feature largely in this exhibition, which is enriched with loans from private and institutional collections. The exhibition was on […]

Alchemie aan de Amstel | Alchemy on the Amstel – ebook

November 19th, 2012

About this Book: Alchemie aan de Amstel presents printed works and manuscripts relating to iatrochemistry in the Dutch Republic. Antimony, a iatrochemical medicine both famous (among Paracelsians) and infamous (among Galenists) and Theodor Kerckring, chymical physician and friend of Spinoza, feature largely in this exhibition enriched with loans from private and institutional collections. The exhibition was […]

Alchemy on the Amstel – ebook

November 19th, 2012

About this Book: Alchemy on the Amstel presents printed works and manuscripts relating to iatrochemistry in the Dutch Republic. Antimony, a iatrochemical medicine both famous (among Paracelsians) and infamous (among Galenists) and Theodor Kerckring, chymical physician and friend of Spinoza, feature largely in this exhibition enriched with loans from private and institutional collections. The exhibition […]

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 […]