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'An Alchemist in his Laboratory with his Family'

Pieter Bruegel


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An alchemist in his laboratory with his family: to the right they are shown calling at the poorhouse, destitute after the husband's obsessive, fruitless experiments. Engraving by H. Cock after P. Bruegel, 1558.



Debent ignari res ferre et post operari/ jus lapidis cari vilis sed denique rari/ unica res certa vilis sed ubique reperta// Quatuor inserta naturis in nube referta/ nulla mineralis res est ubi principalis/ sed talis qualis reperitur ubisque localis. H. Cock excud cum privilegio

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'An Alchemist in his Laboratory with his Family'. Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY

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