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Engraving by Peter Bruegel, Antwerp, 1558

Fine art replica print © 1999 Allen Bjorkman

The Puffer's Studio

  • Image Dimensions: 10  x 7 inches

    Matted Dimensions: 14  x 11 inches

    Please note that the frames shown are not always available, and the outside dimensions of framed prints vary in size. Mat colors may also vary. Contact our frame shop for custom framing at no extra cost at

  • 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.

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