PROPERTY OF A NOBLEMAN FROM VILLA MONTEVERDE, SPAIN
H. Guicharnaud, “Le Quartre Eléments de Louis de Boulogne: etudes préparatoires,” in Revue du Louvre, No. 4, 1985, pp. 265-274
Earth, represents the triumph of Cybele, seated between Bacchus and Ceres on a chariot drawn by two lions and surrounded by maidens, satyrs and putti. Fire shows Venus seated on a cloud and accompanied by the Three Graces and Cupid, ordering Vulcan to make arms for her son Aeneas (Aeneid, VIII, 365-396). Water represents Neptune on a horse-drawn scallop-shell with a nymph, surrounded by further tritons and nymphs. Finally, Air shows Juno asking Aeolus to unleash the winds against Aeneas' fleet (Aeneid, I, 54-85).
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