event · May 7

Gold-Making: Painting, Alchemy, and Virtuosity in Dutch Art

Join Elisabeth Berry Drago, Science History Institute “Gold-Making: Painting, Alchemy, and Virtuosity in Dutch Art”, lecture.Gold-Making: Painting, Alchemy, and Virtuosity in Dutch Art

Both alchemy and art center on transformation of the natural world—observing, manipulating, and experimenting. But who was the true “master of nature”: the alchemist, who attempted to turn lead to gold? Or the painter, who changed lead and oil into masterful illusions? In the early modern Netherlands alchemy was ubiquitous, useful, and a subject of infinite curiosity and debate. This talk will explore the long, connected histories of art and alchemy, and the way Dutch and Flemish artists used chemistry and creativity to demonstrate their surpassing virtuosity.

The lecture will be followed by a discussion moderated by An Inner World co-curators Heather Moqtaderi and Lara Yeager-Crasselt, Curator,

The Leiden Collection, New York


  • Friday, May 7, 2021 @ 12:00 pm


Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania
220 South 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104 US