The Union of Earth and Water

Pieter Paul Rubens - The Union of Earth and Water (Antwerp and the Scheldt), 1618

The four elements, Earth, Air, Fire, and Water, were considered to be fundamental elements of the world contents, and were usually depicted as classical gods and goddesses. Earth is personified by Demeter (Ceres); Water is personified by a river god; Air is usually represented by Hera (Juno); Fire is represented by Hephaestus (Vulcan) or may be depicted as a woman with her head in flames.