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The Alchemist

  • 17th century
  • Mattheus van Helmont, Flemish
  • 23 x 33 in.
    Oil on canvas
  • Not on display
  • Gift of Fisher Scientific International
  • Fisher Collection
  • FA 2000.001.277
  • No known copyright restrictions


In the center a bearded, seated alchemist looks up slightly to the right at a flask. On the table are books, a celestial globe, glassware, and an écorchee model showing musculature. A young assistant works the bellows to a small furnace in the bottom left. Above the alchemist, leaves are blowing in from an open window. In the right background are five workers near a hearth.

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