The verdure tapestry vignette of a palatial park, inspired by Ovid's account of the origins of the lizard in his Metamorphoses or Loves of the Gods, celebrates the Element of Earth and the Season of Autumn.; and is popularly known as 'Ceres seeking her daughter [Proserpine]' or 'The Mocking of Ceres' (see the engraving by H. Goudt (d. 1648) after a painting by Adam Elsheimer illustrated in C.A. Ackley, Printmaking in the Age of Rembrandt, Boston, 1981, no. 45).
Ceres, the Earth and Summer harvest deity, is searching for her daughter Persephone, following her abduction by Pluto. A youth mocked her, while drinking, was splashed with water and metamorphosed into a lizard.