Early Italian Pharmacy

Anonymous and Italian School17th century

Science History Institute

Science History Institute
Philadelphia, United States

This workshop scene highlights the many activities of an apothecary’s assistants as they sort and process herbs and plants, distill organic substances for medicine, and prepare doses. Large racks of glass distillation vessels and apothecary jars line the walls. Women and young assistants gather materials and tend fires, while the alchemist attentively supervises and speaks with a young apprentice. Through the large vaulted door, a tree-lined landscape can be seen in the distance.


  • Title: Early Italian Pharmacy
  • Creator: Anonymous, Italian School
  • Date Created: 17th century
  • Provenance: Gift of Fisher Scientific International
  • Rights: Public Domain Mark 1.0
  • External Link: View our digital collections
  • Medium: Oil on canvas, mounted on board

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