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Tower of Babel by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

    Tower of Babel by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

    Tower of Babel by Pieter Bruegel the Elder was created in 1563. The painting is in Kunsthistorisches Museum, Wien. The size of the work is 114,4 x 155,5 cm and is made as an oil on wood.

    Bruegel’s monumental composition became the most famous, widely copied and varied classic of tower depictions. The Flemish-looking development of the port city, which is impressively tiny compared to the tower, provides the scale. With meticulousness and encyclopedic interest, Bruegel describes a plethora of structural and craft processes. In the stone outer shell, it mixes antique and Romanesque architectural elements.

    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. He set off for Italy soon after, probably by way of France. From 1555 until 1563, Bruegel lived in Antwerp, then the publishing centre of northern Europe… Read more

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