Gustave Doré 1832 – 1883

The Confusion of Tongues

engraving — 1865

Gustave Doré biography

This work is linked to Genesis 11:4

Doré based his Tower of Babel on the minaret of the Great Mosque of Samarra, in present day Iraq. The minaret is 52 m high and has a spiralling cone.

On the foreground: the people of the world, punished by the Confusion of the Tongues for their disobedience to God.

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