In the seventeenth century a genre of painting emerged depicting alchemists in their laboratories. These became very popular and hundreds of examples can be found, created by a wide range of artists. This exhibition displays some examples printed out as large posters as well as some smaller prints.
Many of the first paintings in this genre celebrated the alchemist almost as a leading edge technologist of that age, but artists were also cogniscent of the failures and deceptions of some alchemists and began to create satirical depictions. This exhibition provides a survey of this genre which survived into the twentieth century.