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The Tower of Babel, Peter Brueghel the Elder – description of the painting

Description of the picture:

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

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

In the Bruegheel-era Netherlands, the “Babylonian pandemonium” served as an allegory of human stupidity and sinful arrogance, but the content of his picture is far from being reduced to this.

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

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