Engraving by Peter Bruegel, Antwerp, 1558
Fine art replica print © 1999 Allen Bjorkman
The Puffer's Studio
Image Dimensions: 10 x 7 inches
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The desperate alchemist is encouraged by folly (a figure wearing a fool's cap fans the flames of madness) toward impossible goals. His beliefs are shown by the scholar at the lectern to be "all rubbish" ("Alghe Mist"). His wife and children are hungry and penniless. The alchemist's real future is depicted outside the window of time as he and his family are received at the poorhouse.