This engraving by J. Tardieu reproduces a painting of the same subject by David Teniers II. An older man with a lined, wizened face sits in a chair before a table, intently reading an open book. Before him sits a globe, hourglass and a human skull, reminders of both worldly knowledge and the passage of time. Other texts rest nearby. In the background, three men converse in the workshop, beneath a shelf of glassware and stoppered flasks.
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