This lithograph by Carl Straub, after a painting of the same subject by David Teniers II, shows the interior of a chemist's laboratory with a man seated in front of a furnace. He tends a glowing fire with a pair of hand-bellows as a distillation apparatus heats beside him. The room is littered with bottles, animal skulls, books, flasks and jars of varying sizes, indicating a variety of alchemical works. In the background, a group of apprentices is shown seated around a table, attentively listening as a man in a fur-lined robe discusses the flask he holds. This is likely a uroscopy, or a medical diagnosis via the examination of urine. Close by, another assistant stokes the fires of a larger furnace with an enormous mechanical bellows. A stuffed reptile hangs from the ceiling above, while a small dog curls on a pillow on the floor at lower right.
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The Alchemist in his study with a woman making laceCirca 1640 – 1677
Straub, Carl. “Ein Chemiker in Seinem Laboratorium (A Chemist in His Laboratory).” Wove paper, paper (fiber product), 1835–1840. Science History Institute. Philadelphia. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/x346d518x.
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