Alchemist at work, 16th century

Alchemist at work, 16th century

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Caption: Alchemist at work. 16th-century artwork showing an alchemist (left) at work. He is seated at a stove, holding a large coin in one hand over a crucible, and using tongs to hold another crucible with the other hand. Behind him is his wife with an empty purse. A fool is operating the bellows. Seated at far right is a scholar reading a book. Three children are playing in an empty cupboard. Through the window is a later scene, showing the same family being received into the poorhouse. This photomechanically reproduced etching, titled 'The Alchemist', is by Flemish artist Hieronymous Cock, after an earlier work by Flemish artist Pieter Brueghel.

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