Antidotarium Medico-Chymicum Reformatum
Johann Daniel Mylius

This scene suggests the work environment of an alchemist experimenting with the nature of various materials. A pot in front of the man boils over a fire and gives off steam, while he handles a vial with a long pair of tongs. The bottles and vases on the shelves behind him are large and exotic, differing from the orderly appearance of the chemist’s shop. The theme of this picture is the pursuit of knowledge through experiment.

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