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Biblical Archaeology Review 47:2, Summer 2021

Epistles: Clip Art

Biblical Archaeology Review

Do you recognize this portion of a famous work of art? What is it called, and who painted it?

1. The Tower of Babel
by Pieter Bruegel the Elder
2. The Destruction of Atlantis
by Nicholas Roerich
3. Solomon Building the Temple
by Philips Galle
4. Hanging Gardens of Babylon
by Martin Heemskerck
5. The Confusion of Tongues
by Gustave Doré

Answer: (1)

Inspired by the famous tower found in Genesis 11:4-8, The Tower of Babel was painted by Pieter Bruegel I (c. 1525–1569)—commonly known as Pieter Bruegel the Elder—an artist from the Netherlands and one of the most famous and influential painters of the Dutch and Flemish Renaissance.

Bruegel painted three versions of this work originally: one in Rome (now lost), the “great” version shown here, and a “little” version now in the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

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