Perception of a Single Tower

The following pieces of art are all representations of the Tower of Babel. Even though these works all range in time, style, and their geographical location, they share the same repeated idea of what the Tower of Babel represented to them. Here you can see the similarities from culture to culture on the same infamous tower. 

The Building of the Tower of Babel, First Master of the Bible historiale of Jean de Berry (French, active about 1390 - about 1400), about 1390 - 1400, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
Here is an image that represents how the Tower of Babel was built. This was a French depiction from the late 14th century. Drawn on parchment paper as in a book, this artist the tower as a narrow structure.
The Construction of the Tower of Babel, Unknown, about 1400 - 1410 with addition in 1487, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
This image, also taken from a book, shows the tower being built from the perception of an unknown artist from the early 15th century. The colors of this drawing are very bold and few and show their contrast with dark lines.
Vase with Biblical Scenes, including the Building of the Tower of Babel and the Scattering of the People, Workshop of Orazio Fontana, Italian (active Urbino), c. 1510 - 1571, c. 1560-1571, From the collection of: Philadelphia Museum of Art
This vase from Italy, now held in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, shows the Tower of Babel within its design. It shares the same movement with the other works as the tower stands tall.
The Tower of Babel, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1563, From the collection of: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
This building of the Tower of Babel is shown in great detail despite its saturation of color. Therefore, the mood of the work is dark and gloomy as bystanders are looking at the hard working laborers.
This piece, done by the same artist as the previous, changed the perception quite a bit within only a few years. The later image seems even darker and the people working on the construction of the tower are harder to see.
The Tower of Babel, Van Heemskerck, Circle of Maarten, From the collection of: Colección de Arte Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat
This piece is interesting as the perception and vantage point is further than the others. The shape of the tower differs from the other images as this one is wider and has more of a prominent circular shape. It also depicts people hard at work, however, people outside the city are in a frenzy.
The Tower of Babel, Marten van Valckenborch the Elder, 1595, From the collection of: Old Masters Picture Gallery, Dresden State Art Museums
This artists depiction of the Tower of Babel, created in 1595, has a dark move and color scheme. You can see the detail within given the number of people on the tower itself. The vantage point is similar to others as it seems the viewer is looking down from a cliff.
Building of tower of Babel, Unknown painter from Flander, 1600 - 1625, From the collection of: Oblastní galerie Liberec
In this painting the artist shows the Tower of Babel in a much brighter light than most other works. Despite its brightness, the viewer can see the chaos outside the tower which contrasts against the warm colors.
Li Shurui, Heiqiao Tower of Babel, Li Shurui, 2012, Original Source: http://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/chinas-young-artists-concept-practice/
This is a modern depiction of the Tower of Babel, created in China in 2012. The complex shape and contrast of colors differ from most depictions of the tower. The material used helps create a geometrical feel and movement.
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