BRUEGEL, Pieter the Elder
(b. ca. 1525, Brogel, d. 1569, Brussel)

The Tower of Babel (detail)

Oil on oak panel
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

In spite of the oriental origin of the story, Bruegel remained true to his surroundings for most of the details: a treadwheel crane of the type to be seen in the detail is believed to have stood in the Antwerp marketplace.

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