The Bald-Headed Alchemist

David Teniers17th Century

Science History Institute

Science History Institute
Philadelphia, United States

A bald alchemist stands at his furnace on the right, stirring the contents of his crucible while reading a small book. His young apprentice stands by, attentively looking to the alchemist for guidance. Books and other apparatus are scattered on the floor. In the background are two other assistants, working at a lab bench while a man speaks to them through an upper-story window. On the left is a small dog lying near a large earthenware pot and several broken pot shards.


  • Title: The Bald-Headed Alchemist
  • Creator: David Teniers
  • Creator Lifespan: 1610/1690
  • Creator Nationality: Flemish
  • Date Created: 17th Century
  • Provenance: Gift of Fisher Scientific International, Science History Institute
  • Rights: Public Domain Mark 1.0
  • External Link: View our digital collections
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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