The Alchemist

François-Marius Granet (1775–1849)19th century

Science History Institute

Science History Institute
Philadelphia, United States

A bearded man reading a book is standing in a great vaulted interior. A large window illuminates the room with warm daylight, reflecting against the glassware sparsely placed on upper shelves. At right, a long-necked alembic distills into a receiver placed in a water bath on the floor. The atmosphere is peaceful and meditative, evoking the contemplation of a monk in retreat or a scholar engaged in deep study. This 19th-century image was created well after the establishment of chemistry as a university discipline, yet it looks back to an earlier era of experiment and discovery.


  • Title: The Alchemist
  • Creator: François-Marius Granet (1775–1849)
  • Creator Nationality: French
  • Date Created: 19th century
  • Provenance: Science History Institute
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Public Domain Mark 1.0
  • External Link: View our digital collections
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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