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Alchemy Collection

Background imageAlchemy Collection: Hermes Trismegistus

Hermes Trismegistus
HERMES TRISMEGISTUS (= thrice- greatest), perceived by Neoplatonists as the presiding deity of alchemy, possessing magical and oracular powers

Background imageAlchemy Collection: Hermes Trismegistus

Hermes Trismegistus
The messenger of the gods, but here as HERMES TRISMEGISTUS (= thrice-greatest), perceived by Neoplatonists as the presiding deity of alchemy, possessing magical and oracular powers

Background imageAlchemy Collection: Sir Isaac Newton, English mathematician

Sir Isaac Newton, English mathematician, physicist, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist, theologian and occultist

Background imageAlchemy Collection: Sir Isaac Newton, English mathematician

Sir Isaac Newton, English mathematician, physicist, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist, theologian and occultist

Background imageAlchemy Collection: Alchemist at work

Alchemist at work
Black and white print of the painting, " L Alchimiste" by David Teniers the Younger, dated 1790. HPF/5C/4"

Background imageAlchemy Collection: THE GREAT ART

THE GREAT ART
The Great Art as supposedly depicted by Basil Valentine, though little is known about this legendary German practitioner of alchemy

Background imageAlchemy Collection: Mutus Liber - 2

Mutus Liber - 2
MUTUS LIBER ( The Silent Book ) The philosophers egg - symbol of wholeness 2 of 15

Background imageAlchemy Collection: Mutus Liber - 1

Mutus Liber - 1
MUTUS LIBER ( The Silent Book ) frontispiece 1 of 15

Background imageAlchemy Collection: Mutus Liber - 8

Mutus Liber - 8
MUTUS LIBER ( The Silent Book ) The Philosophers Mercury 8 of 15

Background imageAlchemy Collection: Alchemists Laboratory

Alchemists Laboratory
An alchemist studies an old instruction manual, while his assistant keeps the furnace going. His workshop is filled with state-of-the-art equipment for The Great Work

Background imageAlchemy Collection: Mutus Liber - 3

Mutus Liber - 3
MUTUS LIBER ( The Silent Book ) The Mystic Fish 3 of 15

Background imageAlchemy Collection: Obsessed Alchemist

Obsessed Alchemist
An alchemist, obsessed with his quest, works at his furnace while friends and neighbours drink and enjoy themselves

Background imageAlchemy Collection: The Alchemist

The Alchemist Date: early 19th century

Background imageAlchemy Collection: Melancholia

Melancholia
This etching shows a glum looking winged figure, a personification of melancholia, surrounded by a number of objects symbolising carpentry, alchemy, geometry and numerology. Date: circa 1514

Background imageAlchemy Collection: Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales -- Canons Yeomans Tale

Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales -- Canons Yeomans Tale
Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales -- The Canons Yeomans Tale, a two-part story about alchemists. Showing the Canon announcing his secret to the Priest, the Canon stirring the crucible

Background imageAlchemy Collection: Woulfes apparatus for washing gases or saturating liquids

Woulfes apparatus for washing gases or saturating liquids. Peter Woulfe (1727-1803) was an Irish chemist, mineralogist and alchemist

Background imageAlchemy Collection: Various types of chemical stills

Various types of chemical stills
Alembic still with cucurbit flask and stil-head, alcohol still, and subliming aludel or Hermetic vase. Copperplate engraving by Wilson Lowry from Abraham Rees Cyclopedia or Universal Dictionary of

Background imageAlchemy Collection: A German Chemist (or Alchemist!) and his assistants

A German Chemist (or Alchemist!) and his assistants busy in a chemical laboratory. Date: 17th century

Background imageAlchemy Collection: Hermes Trismegistus

Hermes Trismegistus
HERMES TRISMEGISTUS (= thrice- greatest), perceived by Neoplatonists as the presiding deity of alchemy, possessing magical and oracular powers

Background imageAlchemy Collection: German Chemist (or Alchemist!) and his assistants

German Chemist (or Alchemist!) and his assistants
A German Chemist (or Alchemist!) and his assistants busy in a chemical laboratory. Date: circa 1600

Background imageAlchemy Collection: Mutus Liber - 4

Mutus Liber - 4
MUTUS LIBER ( The Silent Book ) The Dew of Heaven 4 of 15

Background imageAlchemy Collection: Paracelsus (1493-1541)

Paracelsus (1493-1541)
Paracelsus (Theophrastus Philippus Aureolus Bombastus von Hohenheim) (1493-1541). Swiss physician, botanist, alchemist, astrologer, and general occultist. Engraving

Background imageAlchemy Collection: Taoism. Last phase of alchemical meditation. Chinese

Taoism. Last phase of alchemical meditation. Chinese art. Engraving. FRANCE. Ό E-DE-FRANCE. Paris. National Library

Background imageAlchemy Collection: CAGLIOSTRO, Giuseppe Balsamo, Count of (1743-1795)

CAGLIOSTRO, Giuseppe Balsamo, Count of (1743-1795). Italian traveller, occultist and Mason. Litography

Background imageAlchemy Collection: Hermetic Arcana

Hermetic Arcana
The Grand Hermetic Arcana, according to the German alchemist Basil Valentine

Background imageAlchemy Collection: Althotas (18th Century)

Althotas (18th Century)
ALTHOTAS alchemist and occultist, supposed teacher and companion of Cagliostro, who may very well never have existed

Background imageAlchemy Collection: London Trade Card - Richard Siddall, Chemist

London Trade Card - Richard Siddall, Chemist at the Golden Head in Panton Street near the Haymarket. 18th century

Background imageAlchemy Collection: Illustration, More Than He Expected

Illustration, More Than He Expected -- an old man seeking the elixir of life is shocked to see a sudden outpouring of babies. circa 1910

Background imageAlchemy Collection: Flemish Alchemist 17C

Flemish Alchemist 17C
An alchemist at work, while his wife gets on with the housework Date: mid-17th century

Background imageAlchemy Collection: STRADANO, Giovanni

STRADANO, Giovanni (1523-1605). The Laboratory of Alchemy. ca. 1570. Lower right detail. Wolrk located at the Francis Is chamber.. Renaissance art. Cinquecento. Painting. ITALY. TUSCANY. Florence

Background imageAlchemy Collection: Zlata Ulicka (Golden Lane), Prague, Czech Republic

Zlata Ulicka (Golden Lane), Prague, Czech Republic
Zlata Ulicka (Golden Lane), in the Hradcany area below the castle in Prague, now in the Czech Republic. The name refers to the fact that alchemists used to practise their trade here

Background imageAlchemy Collection: The Three Symbolic Animals of Alchemy. Islamic

The Three Symbolic Animals of Alchemy. Islamic art. Miniature Painting. FRANCE. Paris. National Library

Background imageAlchemy Collection: Retorts and stills. Drawing from a Greek manuscript

Retorts and stills. Drawing from a Greek manuscript of alchemy. Drawing. FRANCE. Paris. National Library

Background imageAlchemy Collection: Thurneyssers Lab

Thurneyssers Lab
The workshop of the Swiss alchemist Leonhard Thurneysser is visited by the archduke Johann Georg Date: circa 1590

Background imageAlchemy Collection: Kenilworth - Alasco

Kenilworth - Alasco
It is false, thou foul- mouthed railer!. The Astrologer and alchemist Alasco hits back at accusations made at him by Varney

Background imageAlchemy Collection: Hungary Huniades

Hungary Huniades
(or Hunyades) The castle of Joannes Huniades, Hungarian national hero who also dabbled in alchemy

Background imageAlchemy Collection: Mutus Liber - 6

Mutus Liber - 6
MUTUS LIBER ( The Silent Book ) Adding and Distilling the Ingredients 6 of 15

Background imageAlchemy Collection: Roger Bacon / Bayard

Roger Bacon / Bayard
ROGER BACON Scientist and scholar Date: 1214 - 1294

Background imageAlchemy Collection: Alchemy - Lunary

Alchemy - Lunary
The mysterious herb LUNARY grows on a mountains brim, exposed to sun by day, moon by night, thus acquiring great power : an essential item in every alchemists laboratory

Background imageAlchemy Collection: Alchemy / Lenormand 4

Alchemy / Lenormand 4
An alchemist distils from lumps of a black substance, depicted on a fortune tellers card

Background imageAlchemy Collection: Alchemy / Lenormand 3

Alchemy / Lenormand 3
An alchemist adds a mysterious dark liquid to his brew, depicted on a fortune-tellers card

Background imageAlchemy Collection: Lenormand - Alchemist

Lenormand - Alchemist
An alchemist grows a mysterious and doubtless magical plant, depicted on a fortune-tellers card

Background imageAlchemy Collection: Italian Fortune Card

Italian Fortune Card
GRAND JEU DE MLLE. DE LENORMAND The Alchemist. An Italian fortune-telling card

Background imageAlchemy Collection: Alchemists Workplace

Alchemists Workplace
An alchemist anxiously watches the progress of his work, while all around him are the tools and the raw materials of his mysterious and indeed sinister calling

Background imageAlchemy Collection: Alchemy / Van Helmont

Alchemy / Van Helmont
Alchemist Van Helmont (1577- 1644) is visited by a stranger who generously presents him with the Philosophers Stone which turns base metals into gold

Background imageAlchemy Collection: Sibly Frontispiece

Sibly Frontispiece
Symbolic frontispiece to Siblys book

Background imageAlchemy Collection: Classic Alchemist

Classic Alchemist
The archetypal alchemist - more magician than scientist with his black cat and crow, ancient volumes and wile-eyed dedication

Background imageAlchemy Collection: C16 Alchemists

C16 Alchemists
An alchemist and his assistant heat the substances whose essence will collect in the flasks at the top of the apparatus, shedding impurities as they rise up the column



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