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The Alchemist and His Wife

  • 20th century
  • Jacques Hammerer, Belgian. After David Ryckaert III
    Made in Brussels
  • 24 x 30.75 in.
    Oil on canvas
  • Not on display
  • Gift of Fisher Scientific International
  • Fisher Collection
  • FA 2000.001.271
  • No known copyright restrictions


This scene depicts Nicolas Flamel (early 1330–1418) and his wife Perrenelle. Flamel, a village scrivener, read and wrote letters for the less educated. He tried out all alchemical formulae that passed through his hand. Here he turns from his experiment to look at his wife, Perrenelle, who is pointing to an open manuscript.

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