The Four Elements: Earth
after Jan Brueghel the elder (Brussels 1568 - Antwerp 1625)
Art / Oil paintings
1600 - 1699
Oil on copper
572 x 914 mm (22 1/2 x 36 in)
Place of origin
Flanders (Belgium from 1830)Order this image
Saltram, Devon (Accredited Museum)
Oil painting on copper, The Four Elements: Earth after Jan Brueghel the elder (Brussels 1568 - Antwerp 1625). One of four paintings depicting the four elements, water, earth, air and fire. Earth is represented by Cybele, as the goddess of Nature, surrounded by its fruits, accompanied by satyrs or fauns, as spirits of the woods and fertility.
Accepted by the Treasury in part payment of death-duties from the executors of Edmund Robert Parker, 4th Earl of Morley (1877-1951) and transferred to the Trust in 1957.
Saltram, The Morley Collection (accepted in lieu of tax by HM Treasury, and transferred to The National Trust in 1957)
Makers and roles
after Jan Brueghel the elder (Brussels 1568 - Antwerp 1625), artist
Peintures Flamandes du XV et XVIme Siècle, Louvre, Paris 1953, No.1919, Earth; No.1920, Air, both by Jan Brueghel the Elder; No.4006, Water; No.4007, Fire,