Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Tower of Babylon

Babylon was originally a Semitic Akkadian city dating from the period of the Akkadian Empire.

The Tower of Babel, held at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, is a painting by Pieter Bruegel the Elder that was completed circa 1563.

It depicts the construction of the Tower of Babylon, which according to the Book of Genesis in the Bible, was a tower built by a unified, monolingual humanity as a mark of their achievement and to prevent them from scattering.

Pieter Bruegel the Elder. The Tower of Babel

Bruegel completed a second painting of the same subject, known as the The "Little" Tower of Babel, at roughly the same time; it is held in the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam.