BRUEGHEL, Jan the Elder
(b. ca. 1568, Brussel, d. 1625, Antwerpen)
Earth (The Earthly Paradise)1607-08
Oil on copper, 45 x 65 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris
This painting belongs to a series of the Four Elements commissioned in 1607 by the cardinal-bishop of Milan, Federico Borromeo. The other three paintings (Air, Water, Fire) are in the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan.