A queen dressed in blue, representing mercury, in a crowned alchemical flask. Watercolour painting.
- Trismosin, Salomon.
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The queen is aureoled by a rainbow of yellow and blue. Lennep comments that the original manuscript includes an inscription: "Filius natus ex me, major est me" (the son born of me is greater than me). Compare with the following drawing ( Wellcome Library catalogue no. 38827i), of the new king
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1 painting : watercolour ; image 42.3 x 22.1 cm.
For detailed information on this series, cf. J. van Lennep, L'alchimie, Brussels 1984, pp. 110-129
This image is one of a sub-series in the 'Splendor solis', showing crowned alchemical flasks containing symbols of the various stages of the Great Work. In the original manuscript, scenes of symbolically relevant activities in village life are shown outside the image, along with an astronomical sign at the top
Wellcome Library no. 38826i
After: Salomon Trismosin, Splendor solis, 1582, British Library, Harley ms. 3469