The Alchemist

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Studio of Egbert van Heemskerck
Dutch, 1610-1680

The Alchemist

Oil on canvas
Bequeathed by George Duncan, 1878
Museum Number 1-1912

A popular subject with the Dutch School, this work shows the alchemist in his cavernous laboratory. Prominence is given to the still-lifes of various pots and jars. The large open books offer the promise of finding the formula for the legendary philosopher's stone, believed to turn base metals into gold.

The Alchemist
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