Medical alchemist, 17th-18th century

Medical alchemist, 17th-18th century

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Caption: Medical alchemist. 17th-18th century artwork showing an alchemist having a chamber pot emptied on him during a urine analysis for a female patient. At far left are a human skull and a celestial globe. The cello (lower left) was a symbol of love and sexual promiscuity. A Dutch translation of a poem by the Ancient Greek philosopher Socrates (in Dutch on table) compares the woman in the window to Xanthippe, the wife of Socrates. It reads: 'I knew well woman, it's no wonder, it would rain, after this thunder'. This artwork, titled 'Trouble Comes to the Alchemist', is an oil-on-canvas work, mounted on board, from the Dutch School.

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