Thursday, September 22, 2016

Autumn 1500s

Leandro Bassano (1557-1622) Autumn - Allegory of the Element Earth

In the 16C, the world was believed to consist of 4 elements: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. Here, Earth, associated with the season of autumn, is symbolized by nature's produce & by the small figure of Cybele, the ancient mother-goddess of earth & fertility, riding across the sky in a chariot pulled by 2 lions. This painting is a copy by Leandro after a work by his father Jacopo (ca. 1510-1592), who had produced a series of 4 allegories of the elements.