The Tower of Babel Description
It is the narrative from the Old Testament about the construction of the Tower of Babel, which should reach the sky, and was punished by letting everyone speak in another language.
oil on panel Dimensions
Height: 59.9 cm (23.6 in). Width: 74.6 cm (29.4 in).
room 06 Collectie 15de-17de eeuw Accession number
2443 (OK) Place of creation
Brussels Object history
by 1604: Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor (1552-1612) (?)
by 1955: Daniël George van Beuningen (1877-1955),
by 1724/1746: Elisabeth Farnese, Queen of Spain (1692-1766) (?) Vierhouten : bequeathed to the 1958 Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, by Daniël George van Beuningen, Vierhouten Exhibition history
Van Eyck to Bruegel, 1400-1550. Dutch and Flemish painting in the collection of the Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam, , 1994 ISBN 9789069181370. The collection enriched, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, – 16 April 2011 , no catalog. 30 April 2013 Inscriptions
verso: ELISABETH DEI GRATIA HISPANIARUM REGINA References
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen collection online, as The tower of Babel, circa 1565, 59.9 × 74.6 cm (23.6 × 29.4 in). RKDimages, Art-work number 26043, as De bouw van de toren van Babel (Genesis 11:4), circa 1563 (1558-1568), 60 × 74.5 cm (23.6 × 29.3 in). Web Gallery of Art, as The "Little" Tower of Babel, circa 1564, 60 × 75 cm (23.6 × 29.5 in). arttube Other versions
Bruegel painted three versions of the
Tower of Babel. One is kept in the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, the second in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna (see Category:The Tower of Babel by Pieter Bruegel the Elder), while the location of the third version (a miniature on ivory) is unknown.