The Little Tower of Babel is one of the three paintings devoted to the Book of Genesis in the Bible, by Pieter Brugel.It depicts the construction of the Tower of Babel, meant to reach the heavens, in its namesake city. The first to be established after the great flood, by Noah’s descendants and unified under one language.
This defiant and prideful act was punished by God, by fracturing this established language into several distinct ones, damning the construction of the monument.
The pinch of satire in this artwork is evident in the architectural choice for the Tower's depiction. Inspired by Roman influence and often linked to the Colosseum, as it bears the symbolism of Man's arrogance and pride, awarded to it by its contemporary Christian circles.
This artwork bears an astounding level of detail, with its depiction of over 1000 workers overseeing hundreds of colored arches, with several brick types, laid from the lower to the upper levels, which we honored in our homage.
Despite its massive presence, if inspected up close, the Tower itself appears very fragile, even being tilted to its left, with many unfinished sectors and scaffolding present, ultimately injecting a sense of an unending cycle to the observer, of a sort of simultaneous construction with its impending and inevitable destruction.
This painting is a warning of the dangers present with Man's success, and how Mankind's creations can never rival the absolute omnipotence of God's power.
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