Formerly this figure has been identified as an alchemist. In fact there is nothing in his room to connect with alchemical experiments and he is simply a scholar. There was a well established tradition in Dutch 17th century painting of representing scholars in their studies. There is a very similar treatment of the subject by Wyck in the Gemäldegaleri at Kassel, Germany.


  • Title: A scholar in his Study
  • Creator: Thomas Wyck
  • Creator Lifespan: around 1616 - 1677
  • Creator Nationality: Dutch
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Haarlem
  • Creator Birth Place: Beverwijk
  • Provenance: Knut Kurch Ekenholms gård, Carolina Gustava Kurck, Åkeshof, Fredrik von Friesendorff, Bukowskis, Stockholm 1883, Nicanor Becker, Bukowskis, Stockholm Wilhelmna von Hallwyl, Stockholm 1912.
  • Physical Dimensions: w310 x h335 mm (Without frame)
  • Painter: Thomas Wyck
  • Description: Dutch
  • Type: Oil on canvas
  • External Link: Image DIG 4510

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