Witches, how Bruegel, other artists, depicted them


This video is about the exhibition De heksen van Bruegel (Bruegel‘s witches), in the Museum Catharijneconvent in Utrecht, the Netherlands; 19 September 2015 till 31 January 2016.

Translated from the site Museumkaart.nl:

Witches are ugly women, who fly on brooms or make magic potions in a big pot on a stove. That is the image we have today of witches. But who knows that this originated in the work of the famous Brabant artist Pieter Bruegel?

Museum Catharijneconvent in Utrecht presents the first exhibition about witches in art.

For just one time you can see a unique collection of witch scenes from the turbulent period of witch persecutions in the Netherlands (1450-1700).
The Witches of Bruegel is a journey through the most beautiful and impressive depictions of witches produced the Low Countries. From the first images of witches in legal treatises and precious manuscripts, to the matchless prints by Pieter Bruegel and the spectacular depictions of sabbaths by his followers. A journey through the evolution of the witch image. From fear to fantasy, from nightmare to fairytale figure.

Hieronymus Bosch painting back to the Netherlands after 450 years


Hieronymus Bosch, the Haywain

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Haywain‘ by Jeroen Bosch for the first time to the Netherlands

Today, 14:19

The Haywain, one of the masterpieces of Dutch painter Hieronymus (Jeroen) Bosch, is coming to the Netherlands. For the first time in 450 years, the triptych is leaving Spain, where it usually hangs in the Prado museum in Madrid.

The painting will remain in the Netherlands for half a year and will this autumn be part of the exhibition From Bosch to Bruegel – Uncovering everyday life in the Boijmans van Beuningen museum in Rotterdam.

500th anniversary of his death

In early January the masterpiece will move to Den Bosch, the birthplace of the painter. There will be until the beginning of May in the North Brabant Museum an exhibition with 20 paintings and 19 drawings by the artist expected, the largest retrospective to date.

The exhibition is the culmination of the National Event Hieronymus Bosch 500 years which will be celebrated in 2016 and will commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of the painter.

Everyday scenes

Jeroen Bosch was actually called Hieronymus van Aken. Bosch he used as his artist’s name after the town where he was born and where he painted his masterpieces.

Around 1516 he painted the Haywain, one of the first paintings in art history in which everyday scenes are depicted.

The painting depicted a procession of people behind a hay wagon, a metaphor for materialism. The procession leads directly to hell.

Hieronymus Bosch, the Haywain, detail

In the foreground medieval scenes are depicted with drunken monks, tooth pullers, musicians and gypsies.

Hieronymus Bosch, the Haywain, detail

On the hay wagon sits a couple in love with on each side an angel and a devil.

The Spanish King Philip II bought the triptych in 1570 for his private collection and since then it has never left Spain. According to Museum Boijmans van Beuningen the work of art is in an excellent condition after it was restored some years ago.

Scarce large blue butterflies, Dutch jubilee


This is a scarce large blue butterfly video from the Netherlands.

On 23 July 2015, there will be a celebration in the Moerputten nature reserve near Den Bosch city in Noord-Brabant province in the Netherlands. Then, it will be 25 years ago that scarce large blue butterflies, which had become extinct in the Netherlands, were reintroduced there.

Then, in 1990, 74 butterflies were freed. Meanwhile, there are hundreds. There are plans to introduce them to other nature reserves as well, as a species, limited to one area, is vulnerable to disasters.

In the Moerputten, the caterpillars are dependent, first on great burnet plants. Then, on Myrmica scabrinodis ants, when the caterpillars live as parasites in the anthills. They are also, indirectly, dependent on springtails: these are the main food of the ants.

Rare spadefoot toad conservation


This is a Dutch video from 2012 about spadefoot toad conservation in Limburg province.

Dutch conservation organisation ARK reports today that on 14 July 2015, nearly 700 tadpoles of the rare European common spadefoot toad have been freed. This happened in Kempen-Broek nature reserve, on the border of Noord-Brabant and Limburg provinces in the Netherlands and Limburg province in Belgium.

This was the second time that larvae of this rare species have been freed there. In 2016, it will happen for the third and last time.

‘Bring European bison back to Dutch nature reserve’


This 13 June 2015 video is about bringing back European Bison to the Romanian Carpathians.

Regional TV Omroep Brabant in the Netherlands reports today that the management of nature reserve De Maashorst between Oss and Uden wants to introduce European bison.

Local authorities will still have to give permission for this. The (conservative) VVD political party has objections.

Wildcat back in Dutch province after centuries


This is a video about a parrot crossbill at Stabrechtse heide nature reserve in the Netherlands.

That bird now will have to look out, not only for feral cats

Dutch regional TV Omroep Brabant reports today that a wildcat was recorded by a camera trap at Stabrechtse heide.

This, warden Janneke de Groot says, may be the first time since the Middle Ages that a wildcat has been seen in Noord-Brabant province.

Not so long ago, also after a long absence, wildcats came back to another province, Limburg.

And now the wildcats have apparently gone further west. Maybe using the new wildlife corridors, Ms de Groot says.

Buddhist temple apologizes for sexual abuse


This video from the USA says about itself:

Zen Buddhist Leader Groped Female Followers

12 February 2013

“Since arriving in Los Angeles from Japan in 1962, the Buddhist teacher Joshu Sasaki, who is 105 years old, has taught thousands of Americans at his two Zen centers in the area and one in New Mexico. He has influenced thousands more enlightenment seekers through a chain of some 30 affiliated Zen centers from the Puget Sound to Princeton to Berlin. And he is known as a Buddhist teacher of Leonard Cohen, the poet and songwriter.”*

A 105 Zen Buddhist leader is under fire for groping many female followers over the years under the guise of helping them religiously and otherwise manipulating people. Did he abuse his power? Is this a reason to not trust religious leaders? Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian discuss.

*Read more from the New York Times: here.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Apology by temple in Waalwijk for abuse by monk

Today, 12:54

The Buddharama Temple in Waalwijk has apologized to victims of its former head monk Mettavihari in a statement.

The Thai Buddhist monk from 1974 to at least 1992 abused between twenty and thirty students, in Waalwijk and elsewhere. Also a victim who used to live near the temple has reported that at the age of 12 was he was abused by the monk.

President Toine van Beek of the current temple administration says he was shocked by the news which the NOS published last week. “My first feelings while processing the news was anger and compassion,” writes Van Beek. “Anger at Mettavihari and sympathy with the victims. The board of Buddharama realizes that now this still has an impact, day after day.”

Confidant

Van Beek had last week his first contact with a victim to hear how the temple administration can help best. Victims can now go to counselor Frank Uyttebroeck, who also has assisted other victims of abuse in Buddhist circles and has no connection with the temple.

Uyttebroeck will inter alia organize a meeting of victims. That meeting will not be in the temple itself, as NOS News reported earlier, but on neutral ground.

Van Beek has also contacted other temples and Buddhist centers to talk on measures to prevent sexual abuse by monks and teachers.