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Early Italian Pharmacy

  • 17th century
  • Italian School
  • 16 x 46.75 in.
    Oil on canvas, mounted on board
  • On display in Transmutations
  • Gift of Fisher Scientific International
  • Fisher Collection
  • FA 2000.001.262
  • No known copyright restrictions


One of a pair of paintings of an early Italian pharmacy. Herbs, roots, and leaves were brought in from the gardens beyond the doorway and were crushed in the mortar at the right. The mixture of herbs and solvent was distilled in three large stills at the left. On the right, in front of two large shelves of jars and containers, is a proprietor making a sale to a customer who points to his desired product. Two figures stand in an arched door center-left of the background.

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