22 fascinating details you probably never noticed on Bruegel’s ’The Tower of Babel’
Nowadays it’s much easier to see famous paintings because you can just google them, but there are some paintings that require a particular approach. ’’The Tower of Babel’’ by Pieter Bruegel the Elder is one of them. This masterpiece was painted in 1563, and now to admire the original you need to visit the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. When we look at the painting it seems to us that we can see everything, but actually it’s not that easy! Bruegel is known and loved for his fancy for detail.
With the permission of blogger Anton Afanas’ev, Bright Side wants to share his post to help you discover some details that aren’t that easy to notice at first gaze.
’’The Tower of Babel’’
The distant view
1. A castle, a river a windmill, meadows and mountains.
2. Travelers are heading towards the tower.
3. Vegetable gardens are visible behind the wall.
4. A cart is going over a bridge while women are doing laundry in the river next to a little windmill.
5. There is a well next to the river, and people are planting something in the vegetable garden.
The middle distance
6. Blacksmith’s shops are standing near the tower.
7. Some people are resting or sleeping, while others are, well, doing their business.
8. Workers on the lower level are daubing plaster on a wall.
9. Lorries with building material are going uphill.
10. Carts are soon to be loaded.
11. A raft.
12. A discharge of ships.
The distant view
13. Houses and vegetable gardens.
14. Cows in the meadow and travelers who are heading towards the town.
15. The tower is being built for so long that there are people living on the construction site: some of them are taking care of their flower gardens, some are putting linen out to dry, and some are cooking lunch over the fire.
16. One floor up we can see just about the same thing.
17. The workers.
18. More workers.
19. The masons.
20. The heavy lifters.
21. Nimrod — a biblical king who ordered the Tower of Babel to be built.
22. The workers.