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A savant in his cabinet, surrounded by chemical and other apparatus, examining a flask. Oil painting by Mattheus van Helmont, 167-.

Helmont, Mattheus van, 1623-after 1674.

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Credit: A savant in his cabinet, surrounded by chemical and other apparatus, examining a flask. Oil painting by Mattheus van Helmont, 167-. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)


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All around the room is scattered a vast quantity of chemical and pharmaceutical apparatus: earthenware vessels, glass vessels, books, pestles and mortars, herbs in bags or hanging in bunches from the ceiling; also naturalia such as a stuffed fish, the skull of a stag, bladders of animals. On the table to right, a statuette of Laocoön (without his sons); on side of furnace, left, a framed painting of two fools wearing foolscaps

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MVH

Physical description

1 painting : oil on canvas ; canvas 56.8 x 82.5 cm

Publications note

W. Schupbach, 'An (al)chemist restored', Friends of the Wellcome Library and Centre newsletter, Winter 2003, no. 31, pp. 6-8

A.A.A.M. Brinkman, De alchemist in de prentkunst, Amsterdam 1982, p. 53 ("formerly [sic] in the Wellcome Historical and Medical Museum and Library at London")

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 45123i

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