The Tower of Babel: An In-depth Look at the Painting by Peter Brugel the Elder
The Tower of Babel by Belgian Renaissance painter and printmaker Pieter Brueghel the Elder is our pick for Belgium’s EU@Home. This particular interpretation depicts the Tower of Babel from the Old Testament, with an ardent warning about the importance of strong foundations. In the biblical text, the story serves as an allegory about the hubris of mankind and the difficulty of coming together through a diversity of languages.
As such, we found this piece fitting for our celebration of the European Union’s 70th anniversary. The EU has come together gradually and with a careful architecture that seeks to achieve harmony out of many different cultural backgrounds and languages. However, the process has not been without its challenges and as we continue to grow, Bruegel’s painting serves as a reminder that we must always proceed with humility, embracing diversity.
Though the painting belongs to the Kunsthistorisches Museum inVienna, you can see more works from this famous Belgian painter by taking a virtual tour of the Unseen Masterpieces exhibit at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium.