The Getty Research Institute has mounted a new exhibition, The Art of Alchemy. This runs now through February 12, 2017 at the Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049. The Getty’s site explains:
“Long shrouded in secrecy, alchemy is now recognized as the ancestor of modern chemistry. Alchemists were notorious for attempting to make synthetic gold, but their goals were far more ambitious: to transform and bend nature to the will of an industrious human imagination. For scientists, philosophers, and artists alike, alchemy seemed to hold the key to unlocking the secrets of creation. Alchemists’ efforts to discover the way the world is made have had an enduring impact on artistic practice and expression around the globe. Inventions born from alchemical laboratories include metal alloys for sculpture and ornament, oil paints, effects in glassmaking, and even the chemical baths of photography. The mysterious art of alchemy transformed visual culture from antiquity to the Industrial Age, and its legacy still permeates the world we make today.”
For exhibition hall hours and other information visit: http://www.getty.edu/research/exhibitions_events/exhibitions/alchemy/
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