Jan Brueghel the Elder and Hendrick van Balen (1575-1632). The Four Elements. Oil on wood. Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain. More.
The Four Elements – air, water, earth, and fire – according to a tradition derived from Greek philosophy, were the components of every worldly object. The allegory of the four elements was a frequent subject in 17th century painting. For this panel Hendrick van Balen painted the figures that personify the elements.