"Every age projects its own image in its arts." During the Northern Renaissance in the years 1490-1550, Peter Brueghel the Elder and Rogier Van der Weyden were two influential artists in the Northern Renaissance. The Northern Renaissance artistic period is dominated by extreme detail, great symbolism, and highly realistic images.

Bruegel was commissioned by Niclaes Jonghelink to paint several paintings depicting medieval labor scenes throughout the seasons demonstrating the relationship between man and nature over time.
Bruegel's first depiction of The Tower of Babel shows the changes & circumstances at different points in his life. The desolation of the tower in the later painting show his change of opinion.
The second rendition of The Tower of Babel is considered to be Bruegel's last of the "great anthologies" Bruegel commented on the futility of humans & between the drawings criticized commercialization
Brueghel created this pen drawing while a member of the Antwerp guild. Under the direction of Hieronymous Cock, Cock used his drawing as the basis for an engraving.
Influenced by the Schnitzaltar, the "stage" behind the figures is said to emphasize the drama of the scene and Weyden's remarkable skill display the movement and emotion through texture and lines.
The Crucifixion was one of Weyden's later works and first of two crucifixion scenes in which holds a more "abstract" version of a background that isn't as "realistic" during the Northern Renaissance.
The second crucifixion scenes Weyden created, once again with an un-detailed amd slightly abstract background, very uncommon of the Renaissance, but painted at the end of his life.
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