Nicolas Flamel (prob. Pontoise, ca 1330 – Paris, March 22, 1418) was a successful French scribe and manuscript-seller. After his death, Flamel developed a reputation as an alchemist believed to have discovered the Philosopher's Stone and achieved immortality.
The two faces of Nicolas Flamel: piles donor as it was represented in 1402 on the portal of Sainte-Geneviève des Ardens (engraving of Critical History of Nicolas Flamel and his wife Pernelle of Abbot Villain in 1761) and alchemist in the romantic portrait of the historical gallery Popular Celebrities (1840)
one of the classic symbols of alchemy - the green lion devouring the sun. As with most of the striking, and to the modern mind, somewhat 'surreal' images which populate these works, they have a bewildering range of possible meanings.