Two scholars in a cabinet: Paracelsus (?) and a traditional philosopher examining a flask. Oil painting.

[between 1600 and 1699?]
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In the centre is a philosopher in a black, fur-lined robe, holding up a flask and comparing it with a book on a table in front of him. On the left is a more flamboyant and worldly-looking figure wearing a red jacket and a red hat, writing freely and having a book with chemical symbols next to him. Could the man in red be Paracelsus, and the picture be a comparison and contrast between Paracelsian and traditional medicine? A picture of a comparable subject is in the Royal Collection, London, showing Paracelsus on the left and the traditional physician Jean Riolan on the right


[between 1600 and 1699?]

Physical description

1 painting : oil on canvas ; canvas 64 x 76.5 cm


Wellcome Collection 45124i

Creator/production credits

Parts of the picture, e.g. the background, are very similar to comparable features in paintings by Mattheus van Helmont

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