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Painted alchemists : early modern artistry and experiment in the work of Thomas Wijck

Author: Elisabeth Berry Drago
Publisher: Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press (Bibliovault) : Amsterdam University Press, 2019.
Series: Amsterdam studies in the Dutch golden age.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Thomas Wijck's painted alchemical laboratories were celebrated in his day as "artful" and "ingenious." They fell into obscurity along with their subject, as alchemy came to be viewed as an occult art or a fool's errand. But these unusual pictures challenge our understanding of early modern alchemy-and of the deeper relationship between chemical workshops and the artists who represented them. The work of artists,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: Thomas Wyck
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Elisabeth Berry Drago
ISBN: 9789048537778 9048537770
OCLC Number: 1088722741
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations.
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Acknowledgements --
Introduction --
1. Curiosity and Convention --
2. Thomas Wijck, “Artful” and “Ingenious” --
3. Wijck’s Alchemical Artisans --
4. An Experiment in Haarlem --
5. The Artist’s Laboratories Abroad --
6. The Master of Nature --
Epilogue --
Bibliography --
Index
Series Title: Amsterdam studies in the Dutch golden age.
Responsibility: Elisabeth Berry Drago.
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Thomas Wijck's painted alchemical laboratories were celebrated in his day as "artful" and "ingenious." They fell into obscurity along with their subject, as alchemy came to be viewed as an occult art or a fool's errand. But these unusual pictures challenge our understanding of early modern alchemy-and of the deeper relationship between chemical workshops and the artists who represented them. The work of artists, like the work of alchemists, contained intellectual-creative and manual-material aspects. Both alchemists and artists claimed a special status owing to their creative powers. Wijck's formation of an artistic and professional identity around alchemical themes reveals his desire to explore this curious territory, and ultimately to demonstrate art's superior claims to knowledge and mastery over nature. This book explores one artist's transformation of alchemy and its materials into a reputation for virtuosity-and what his work can teach us about the experimental early modern world.

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