Artis Vanus – the useless science – is of course alchemy. Incredibly for hundreds of years, intelligent men from all over the world dedicated their lives to the futile pursuit of turning lead into gold.
Here my alchemist, with his bizarre apparatus which is literally sucking out his life's blood, produces iron pyrites – Fool’s gold’
Elm, limewood, walnut, copper and semi-precious stones
30 inches / 76 cm high