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Earth, plate one from The Four Elements

A work made of etching and engraving on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching and engraving on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1622

Artist:

Jan van de Velde II (Dutch, c.1593-1641)
after Willem Buytewech (Dutch, 1591/92-1624)

About this artwork

This four-sheet series on the elements earth, air, fire, and water offers an updated view of the antique categories for understanding the natural world by demonstrating the types of nourishment the elements provide. Earth invokes cattle and plants, Air shows falcons ready to ensnare birds, Water displays the abundant fruits of the sea, and Fire shows cannon fire and also alludes to the power of heat for cooking. Jan van de Velde II copied several sets of designs after Willem Butewech, including four plates on the story of Jonah and costume imagery.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Jan van de Velde, II

Title

Earth, plate one from The Four Elements

Place

Holland (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1622

Medium

Etching and engraving on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

Image: 17.3 × 27.9 cm (6 13/16 × 11 in.); Sheet: 19.4 × 29.3 cm (7 11/16 × 11 9/16 in.)

Credit Line

William McCallin McKee Memorial Endowment

Reference Number

1947.552

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