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The Shock, or The Alchemist

  • 17th century
  • Attributed to Egbert van Heemskerk II, Flemish
  • 30 x 25 in.
    Oil on canvas
  • Not on display
  • Gift of Fisher Scientific International
  • Fisher Collection
  • FA 2000.001.270
  • No known copyright restrictions


In a chaotic interior an alchemist has performed a uroscopy, holding a large manuscript on his lap. A maid stands near him, watching his reaction. On the table are covered jars and a globe. Heaps of bedding suggest domestic chaos.

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