Distillations Blog

The Distillations Blog is the place for regular updates from the intersections of science, culture, and history.

The Alchemist in His Study with a Woman Making Lace
The Art Detective
January 09, 2017

How do art historians know who painted a work of art and when it was painted? For the Institute’s Elisabeth Berry Drago, the answer is hidden in the details.

A 16th-century engraving of an alchemist adding a scorpion to a mixture. (Wellcome Library)
The Language of Alchemy
November 14, 2016

Alchemists once wrote of chaos, dragons, and spirits, but did they know more about chemistry than we give them credit for?