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The Union of Earth and Water is an impressive painting created in the year of 1618 by the Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens. Rubens had the opportunity to receive a formal Renaissance humanist education. During his early years, he was trained by Tobias Verhaecht. When he was 23, he moved to Italy. There, he was influenced by artists like Tintoretto and Veronese, which became immensely noticeable in his paintings, but he also manages to come up with a completely new approach to the Classics.
In this painting, created in 1618, Rubens represents the Earth as Cybele, the Greek goddess mother, and the Water as Neptune. Cybele has pale skin and pulled back brown hair filled with tiny little pearls. Neptune is a muscular older figure, with long hair and a beard. He wears a laurel wreath, his skin is tanned, darker than Cybele’s, and he is holding his famous Triton. In the back, the goddess Victoria with dark wings appears crowning the coupe while wrapped in a gorgeous red cloth.
On the bottom, Triton emerges from the water with long silver wet hair and announces the new couple through a conche. The layout is centered and balanced, yet the whole painting is in movement. Right in the middle, there is a jug pouring water into the ocean from where Triton emerges. Both Cybele and Neptune are leaning on this water jug, creating a triangle towards the middle of the composition.
The scene has a complex background. Rubens frames the pictures on the foreground, leading some adjacent figures, which gives the viewer a sense of continuity. It feels like the figures are standing on the corner of a vast landscape.There is a wide tree trunk behind them. To the left-hand side, there is a tall vertical cornucopia filled with fruits and vegetables and a tiger biting into it. Cybele’s right hand is holding the cornucopia in a very symbolic gesture.
Rubens doesn’t add much contrast to his pieces, making all of the figures brightened and protagonists of the painting. The drama comes from the movement created by the curves and shapes. The color palette of this painting is rather warm as if the whole scene was being bathed by hot sunlight.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of The Union of Earth and Water c. 1618, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of The Union of Earth and Water c. 1618 that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
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meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
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