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The Alchemist's Experiment Takes Fire

  • 1687
  • Hendrick Heerschop, Dutch
  • 18 3/4 in. W x 22 3/8 in. H
    Oil on canvas laid down on board
  • Not on display
  • Gift of Fisher Scientific International
  • Fisher Collection
  • FA 2000.001.276
  • No known copyright restrictions


The alchemist's experiment has erupted in a fire, with glass shattering in midair and smoke billowing upward. The alchemist is seated awkwardly in his chair with a startled expression on his face. He is seated near a table, with a red cloth and open book. The alchemist is working at home, as we see in the background an adjoining room where his wife is changing the diaper of a baby.

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