23 mrt Alchemist
Antonie de With, 1638
During the Golden Age, Aert Blauhulck was obsessed with the ‘black tulip’. In those days, black tulips were one of the greatest imaginable treasures. Some tried to grow the elusive black tulip through cross-fertilisation; other, less patient individuals took a more adventurous route: alchemy.
While attempting to fulfil his ultimate dream of growing a black tulip, Blauhulck blew himself and his laboratory up. The huge explosion left a crater in the landscape, which now forms the Keukenhof pond.