Alchemist’s office


Oil on canvas mounted on cardboard.

In a narrow and dark room, the alchemist wearing a large beret studies old manuscripts on his desk. The scene is illuminated by light penetrating through a arched window. The elements that make up

Our painting (celestial globe, inkwell, bottle and jars, curtain raised on a rod, books and crumpled sheets arranged in pieces, window partitioned with lead wire) are recurrent in the work of Thomas Wyck who painted many scenes on the same theme. The painting is set in majesty in a Venetian frame in blackened wood and tortoise shell in the taste of the seventeenth century.

Fascinated by the development of occultism in 17th century Europe, he is known for dozens of works featuring alchemists’ cabinets

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