"Reincarnation", Theosophical Screenprints by Olga Fröbe-Kapteyn, 1930's. From the Collection of Stephen Romano

"Reincarnation", Theosophical Screenprints by Olga Fröbe-Kapteyn, 1930's. From the Collection of Stephen Romano

350.00

14 x 19 1/2 in.

Olga Fröbe-Kapteyn (19 October 1881 – 1962) was a Dutch artist and theosophist. She is best known as the founder of the Eranos Foundation, a center for humanistic, scientific and religious studies, which was further developed by Carl Jung, Rudolf Otto, Mircea Eliade, and Erich Neumann.


In 1928, with as yet no clear purpose in mind, she built a conference room near her home. Carl Jung suggested that she use the conference room as a "meeting place between East and West" (Begegnungsstätte zwischen Ost und West). This gave birth to the annual meeting of intellectual minds known as Eranos, which today continues to provide an opportunity for scholars of many different fields to meet and share their research and ideas on human spirituality. The name "Eranos" was suggested to her by religious historian Rudolf Otto, whose human-centered concept of religion had a deep impact on the origins and evolution of Eranos. Carl Jung also remained a significant participant in the organisation of the Eranos conferences. Although the symposia were not specifically Jungian in focus or concept, they did employ the idea of archetypes.


In the 1930s and 1940s, Olga's ongoing research in archetypes took her to major libraries in Europe and America, including the Vatican Library, the British Museum, the Morgan Library in New York City, the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris and the National Archaeological Museum of Athens. Her diverse and intensive studies provided her with material for her Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism which contains more than six thousand images and assisted the research of many Eranos lecturers and other scholars over the years.


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