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Each element is represented here by a pagan deity, bearing appropriate attributes, whilst the biblical story of Creation takes place in the background. Water is represented by a nymph with fish, Earth carries a cornucopia, Air is in the sky with birds and flying cupids, and Fire is alluded to by the smoking mountain. According to Aristotelian science, the four elements were the basic components of the material world, each of which corresponded to one of the humours of the human body and temperament.
oil on copper
71 x 89 cm
gift from Sir Henry Hugh Arthur Hoare along with the estate, house and its contents, 1946
National Trust, Stourhead
Stourton, Warminster, Wiltshire BA12 6QD EnglandView venue
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