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Old Man reading by Candlelight
Oil on canvas. 1700 - 1706
Schalcken, Godfried
Old Man reading by Candlelight
Oil on canvas. 1700 - 1706
Schalcken, Godfried

The half-length figure of an old man is depicted against a dark background. He looks at the viewer out of the corner of his eye, with his torso turned slightly to the left and his head to the right, as he holds a candle in his right hand to light up a manuscript in his left, of which we can only see the back. Old Man reading by Candlelight is clearly a night scene, a genre in which Schalcken speci

The Alchemist
Oil on panel. 1631 - 1640
Teniers The Younger, David
The Alchemist
Oil on panel. 1631 - 1640
Teniers The Younger, David

And alchemist, recognizable by his characteristic cap, fans the fire in his laboratory. The presence of books, flasks and other instruments in the foreground reveal his pseudo-scientific activity. In the background, a group of three figures of a certain social standing appear to be discussing the subject from a theoretical standpoint. This work is paired with A Surgical Operation (P01803) and both

The Esparto Weaver who cannot manage to undress, and giving sound advice to a lamp, sets fire to the house
Pencil, Iron gall ink on laid paper. 1796 - 1797
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
The Esparto Weaver who cannot manage to undress, and giving sound advice to a lamp, sets fire to the house
Pencil, Iron gall ink on laid paper. 1796 - 1797
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de

This preparatory drawing for the etching Capricho 18, And His House Catches Fire (G02106) is one of the twenty-six pen-and-ink drawings from the Dreams series that are the basis for The Caprichos in its earliest form. The print and preparatory drawing are practically identical except for the size of the oil lamp, which is larger in the former. Information from manuscripts related to The Caprichos

Large vase in the shape of a dragon or ''caquesseitão''
Gold, Rock crystal / hyaline quartz, Enamel. 1590 - 1620
Workshop Of The Sarachi (?)
Large vase in the shape of a dragon or ''caquesseitão''
Gold, Rock crystal / hyaline quartz, Enamel. 1590 - 1620
Workshop Of The Sarachi (?)

A vessel formed by various pieces of rock crystal joined together by ten enamelled gold mounts. It represents a fantastical animal with short membranous wings, a prolonged neck and an elongated body, carved in a single piece. It has feathers or scales, two small breasts, a row of spikes along the back, and a scaly curling tail. Standing on large bird’s feet, it has a small horn on its head, and it

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