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Rijcke-Armoede (Rich Poverty)

  • 1632
  • Adriaen van de Venne, Dutch
  • 15 x 19.5 in.
    Oil on panel
  • Not on display
  • Gift of Fisher Scientific International
  • Fisher Collection
  • FA 2000.001.284
  • No known copyright restrictions


A seated alchemist, wearing peasant garb and shoes stuffed with straw, is working with a mortar and pestle. The fire under a crucible illuminates his face. Behind him his wife holds out coins and is flanked by two children. In the right foreground is a distillation apparatus, a barrel, and other glassware.

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