Tower of Babel

Cornelis Anthonisz, The Fall of the Tower of Babel, 1547

The text in the top right reads ‘Babelon / Genesis 14’. Originally it read Genesis 11, which makes more sense as that is the chapter where the construction of the tower and the punishment are described. The number 14 probably refers to the chapter about the Last Judgment in the Book of Revelation.


The text in the top left banner is somewhat strange: “When it was at its highest / it should not do fall”. The stone in the bottom left is inscribed with the date 1547. (x)
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Cornelis Anthonisz, The Fall of the Tower of Babel, 1547

The text in the top right reads ‘Babelon / Genesis 14’. Originally it read Genesis 11, which makes more sense as that is the chapter where the construction of the tower and the punishment are described. The number 14 probably refers to the chapter about the Last Judgment in the Book of Revelation.

The text in the top left banner is somewhat strange: “When it was at its highest / it should not do fall”. The stone in the bottom left is inscribed with the date 1547. (x)


In 1936 the art collector D.G. van Beuningen buys the painting the Tower of Babel by Pieter Brueghel the Elder for a capital sum of 120,000 guilders. He puts in on the wall in his living room before it was moved in 1958 to the museum Boijmans-van Beuningen. (x)In 1936 the art collector D.G. van Beuningen buys the painting the Tower of Babel by Pieter Brueghel the Elder for a capital sum of 120,000 guilders. He puts in on the wall in his living room before it was moved in 1958 to the museum Boijmans-van Beuningen. (x)

In 1936 the art collector D.G. van Beuningen buys the painting the Tower of Babel by Pieter Brueghel the Elder for a capital sum of 120,000 guilders. He puts in on the wall in his living room before it was moved in 1958 to the museum Boijmans-van Beuningen. (x)