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An alchemist in his laboratory. Oil painting after David Teniers the younger.

Teniers, David, 1610-1690.


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Credit: An alchemist in his laboratory. Oil painting after David Teniers the younger. Credit: Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

About this work


Left, an apothecary or alchemist sits directed to right, facing the viewer. He wears a hat and a grey robe which are lined in brown fur. He holds in his left hand a blue flask and in his right a pair of spectacles. To right, in front of him, is a table covered with a green cloth. On the table are two books, a pill-box(?), a drug-jar (cream with a red cover), etc. Behind, centre, is a free-standing brazier. Right, two men seated at a table; one of them holds a flask containing a red liquid. Beyond, at the back of the room, is a fire place in which is a still tended by another man. On the back wall, shelves holding flasks. Above, a suspended reptile. Left, a small window high up in the wall

Physical description

1 painting : oil on canvas ; canvas 29.5 x 23.5 cm

Publications note

M. Klinge, David Teniers de Jonge: schilderijen, tekeningen, Ghent: Snoeck-Ducaju & Zoon, 1991, fig. 94a (the Bavarian version)


Wellcome Library no. 45086i

Reproduction note

After a composition by David Teniers the younger, of which a version signed and dated 1680, on wood 24 x 19 cm., is in the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Schloss Schleissheim (Klinge, loc. cit., 1991)



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