Monthly Archives: April 2014

Towers of Babel

Pieter Brueghel the Elder (1526/1530–1569), Construction of the Tower of Babel, oil on panel, Height: 1,140 mm (44.88 in). Width: 1,550 mm (61.02 in), 1563, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Pieter Brueghel the Elder (1526/1530–1569), Construction of the Tower of Babel, oil on panel, Height: 1,140 mm (44.88 in). Width: 1,550 mm (61.02 in), 1563, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Beginning with the most famous, here are just a few of the many depictions of the Tower of Babel painted in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

 

 

 

 

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Isle of the Dead

Five versions of Isle of the Dead by Swiss symbolist painter, Arnold Böcklin (16 October 1827 – 16 January 1901):

 Oil on canvas, 111 x 155 cm, 1880, Öffentliche Kunstsammlung, Kunstmuseum, Basel.

Oil on canvas, 111 x 155 cm, 1880, Öffentliche Kunstsammlung, Kunstmuseum, Basel

Oil on board, 74 x 122 cm, 1880, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Oil on board, 74 x 122 cm, 1880, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Oil on board, 80 x 150 cm, 1883, Alte Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Oil on board, 80 x 150 cm, 1883, Alte Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Oil on board, 80 x 150 cm, 1886, Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig

Oil on board, 80 x 150 cm, 1886, Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig

Oil on copper, 81 x 151 cm, 1884, destroyed in Berlin during World War II

Oil on copper, 81 x 151 cm, 1884, destroyed in Berlin during World War II

 

Arnold Böcklin, Self-portrait, oil on canvas, 75 × 61 cm (29.5 × 24 in), 1872, Alte Nationalgalerie

Arnold Böcklin, Self-portrait, oil on canvas, 75 × 61 cm (29.5 × 24 in), 1872, Alte Nationalgalerie

Read about symbolist art…

 

 

 

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