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The Tower of Babel by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

    The Tower of Babel by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

    The Tower of Babel by Pieter Bruegel the Elder was created in ca. 1565. and the original painting is in Museum Boijmans van Beuningen Rotterdam. The original size of the work is 60 x 74,5 cm and is made of oil on panel.

    The story of the Tower of Babel is told in the book of Genesis, chapter 11, verses 1-9. Babel, a city in the land of Shinar, was the first city built by the descendants of Noah after the Great Flood. Their leader, Nimrod, planned to build a tower of bricks and lime that would reach to the heavens. He was conceited and acted against God’s will. God condemned these ambitious, vain plans and confounded the construction. He changed what was once a nation with one language into numerous peoples that were spread across the face of the earth, each speaking a different language. From then on the different peoples lived in a ‘confusion of tongues’. (Find more in Museum Boijmans van Beuningen)

    About the Artist: Dutch painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder was born in Breda. Bruegel was the most significant artist of Dutch and Flemish Renaissance painting, a painter and printmaker, known for his landscapes and peasant scenes; he was a pioneer in making both types of subject the focus in large paintings. Between 1545 and 1550 he was a pupil of Pieter Coecke. In 1551 Bruegel became a free master in the Guild of Saint Luke of Antwerp… Read more

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