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Paracelsus (Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim) (1493–1541)

Photo credit: National Trust Images

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Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim (1493–1541) (alias Philippus Aureolus Paracelsus) was a physician, scholar, and alchemist. There is a version of this picture in the Louvre, Paris. The inscription on that painting identifies the sitter, although the identity has been widely doubted. The author of the original picture has proved equally problematic, but the attribution to Metsys is the most widely accepted today.

National Trust, Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Village

near Chippenham


18th C


oil on panel


H 76 x W 51 cm

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gift from Matilda Theresa Talbot (formerly Gilchrist-Clark), 1948

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National Trust, Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Village

Lacock, near Chippenham, Wiltshire SN15 2PG England

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