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The Alchemist

David Teniers the Youngerc. 1650

Mauritshuis

Mauritshuis

This is the domain of an alchemist; a scientist who is trying to make gold. He is stirring something in a bowl, while holding a reference book. The space is filled with strange kettles, stoves and glassware. The alchemist was a popular theme in Flemish painting of the sixteenth and seventeenth century. He symbolises the man who squanders his money on futile, trivial matters and is therefore reduced to beggary.

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  • Title: The Alchemist
  • Creator: Teniers the Younger, David
  • Date Created: c. 1650
  • Physical Dimensions: h27.4 cm x w37.4 cm
  • Provenance: Prince William IV, exhibited at Het Loo Palace, Apeldoorn; Prince William V, The Hague, 1754-1795; confiscated by the Grench, transferred to the Muséum central des arts/ Musée Napoléon (Musée du Louvre), Paris, 1795-1815; Royal Picture Gallery, housed in the Prince William V Gallery, The Hague, 1816; transferred to the Mauritshuis in 1822
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on panel

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