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An Alchemist in His Study

  • 17th century
  • Egbert van Heemskerk I, Dutch
  • 15 x 19.75 in.
    Oil on canvas
  • On display in Transmutations
  • Gift of Fisher Scientific International
  • Fisher Collection
  • FA 2000.001.278
  • No known copyright restrictions


A gray-bearded scholar in a red cap writes at his desk with a quill. In front of him on tables and the floor are many fabric-covered ceramic jars tied with string, a celestial globe, glass jars stoppered with twists, and a pipe. Illumination is from a window at the left. From the ceiling hangs a birdcage entwined with a vine, the bird sitting outside the cage, as well as a hanging sword and three fantastical creatures. In the background a man attends a furnace.

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