A putto pours a phial into a dragon's mouth, pumping a bellows with his other hand; representing the fixing of volatile matter in the alchemical process. Watercolour painting.
- Trismosin, Salomon.
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The dragon represents the volatile matter that must be fixed by using the element of fire
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1 painting : watercolour ; image 41.8 x 19.6 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. 38820i
After: Salomon Trismosin, Splendor solis, 1582, British Library, Harley ms. 3469
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