Alchemist with Monkey

In the Manner of David Teniers II1600–1800

Science History Institute

Science History Institute
Philadelphia, United States

The labors of an elderly alchemist are closely watched by a monkey which perches on the window above. The alchemist busies himself investigating samples wrapped in paper or notes in a cluttered workshop. The floor at his feet is filled with discarded vessels, broken earthenware, and lumps of charcoal. A dog rests on the ground beside a portable furnace topped with a still-head. Rows of glass vessels and flasks hang on the far wall, and in the background three assistants work with a distillation apparatus, grind materials in a mortar, and examine a specimen in a flask. A woman peers around the half-open door to watch their work.


  • Title: Alchemist with Monkey
  • Creator: In the Manner of David Teniers II
  • Creator Nationality: Flemish
  • Date Created: 1600–1800
  • Provenance: Gift of Fisher Scientific International, Science History Institute
  • Subject Keywords: alchemy, alchemists, animals, monkey
  • Rights: Public Domain Mark 1.0
  • External Link: View our digital collections
  • Medium: Oil on canvas, mounted on board

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