Poverty and the Pursuit of the Philosopher’s Stone: Representations of Alchemists in Sixteenth-century Netherlandish Art

Keywords: Alchemy, Alchemist, Netherlands, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Poverty The representation of the alchemist became a particularly popular theme in the art, society and culture of the Netherlands in the seventeenth century. It reflected both the height of the practice of alchemy, as well as the artistic culture of Netherlandish art during this period.[i] The… Continue reading Poverty and the Pursuit of the Philosopher’s Stone: Representations of Alchemists in Sixteenth-century Netherlandish Art