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The Alchemist

  • After etching by Hieronymous Cock after Pieter Brueghel
  • Image: 9.5 x 13.25 in.
    Photomechanical reproduction
  • Not on display
  • Gift of Fisher Scientific International
  • Fisher Collection
  • FA 2000.001.243
  • No known copyright restrictions

Description

A chaotic scene of a shabby alchemist seated at a stove to the left, holding a large coin over a crucible and a pair of tongs. Behind him is his wife showing her empty purse and a fool pumping bellows. Seated at a bench on the far right is a scholar reading a large book. Three children play in an empty cupboard in the upper foreground, and through the window we see the family being received in the poorhouse.

Inscription

Debent ignari res ferre et post operari/ ius lapidis cari vilis sed deniq rari/ unica res certa vilis sed ubiq reperta.
Quatuor inserta naturis in nube referta/ nulla mineralis res est ubi principalis/ sed talis qualis reperitur ubiq localis.

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