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The Tower of Babel painted by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

A plenty of paintings titled as Tower of Babel would be inspired by the three originals drawn by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. He was Dutch Flemish Renaissance painter. His painting period was surpreizingly short, only about a decade at early forties.

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114×155 cm Kunsthistorisches Museum, Wien


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60 × 74.5 cm Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam

One of his three tableaus doesn't exist anymore. Remained size of 144x155cm and 60x74.5cm are called respectively "Big" and "Little''. .

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↑A part of picture above. There is explanetion board beside tableau. It says 'Little' is depicted in 1565, while 'Big' in Wien in 1563 (accoding to the official catalogue).. I wonder whether its differrence depends on historical study or not.
And you kan see frame corner in detail which is nearly same with that of 'Big'. It might suggest history of purchase and sale, somtimes frames from first mounting. An opinion says that Pieter Bruegel the Elder seemed to deal with book-painting business before artist period. Who knows origin of these identical frames.

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↓Two magnifyings of 'Little'↑

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He must be miniaturist to draw such details even in 60 × 74.5 cm space. as if an Mandala world is drawn on a rice grain.
Architectural engineering in the painting is thought Roman method around 0 year A.D./B.C. Because, I guess, Bruegel had no way of knowing how to build such huge construction at the time of the Old Testament (Genesis), in where the story "tower of the babel" was described.


【Note】:
* The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Wien Austria collects a number of Buruger the Elder. His whole world is categorized by some themes or genre. One of them is farmer's life. Next one is an example that I like.

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This is hunters life. For my nonchalant reason, I associate with japanese painting on Washi by Tikkyou Ono.
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