“Babylonian Tower”, Peter Braigel the Elder – a description of the picture

“Babylonian Tower”, Peter Braigel the Elder – a description of the picture
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  • Posted by Peter Braigel Sr
  • Museum: Museum of the History of the Arts, Vienna
  • Year: 1563

Description of the picture :

Tower of Babel – Peter Braigel the Elder. 1563. 60×74.5

   The Bible has a story about how the inhabitants of Babylon tried to build a high tower to get to the sky, but God made them speak different languages, ceased to understand each other, and the tower remained unfinished.

   In the Netherlands of the Braigeli era, “Babylonian pandemonium” served as an allegory of human stupidity and sinful arrogance, but the content of his picture is by no means reduced.

   The powerful cylindrical body of the tower rises above the flat coast. It has already risen above the clouds. Unlike mountains created by nature, it has a harmonious pattern, geometric correctness of volume. This is the creation of the human mind, human hands. Let the people themselves seem barely noticeable dark points next to him, the greatness of their work proudly glorifies the picture. Despite the relatively small size (60X74.5 cm), it amazes with the power of the artistic language, the special breadth of the world view embodied in it.