Werther and Faust

Even if the melting-pot and the vessels call to mind a workshop more than a magician, an alchemist is at work here. The magical experiments he is conducting with a scorpion are alluded to by the animal skull and the books of spells on the floor as much as by the small crocodile hanging from the ceiling. The alchemist at the fire was a favourite pictorial motif and was repeated frequently.