Lucas van Valckenborch 1535 – 1597

The tower of Babel (1595)

oil on panel (42 × 68 cm) — 1595 Museum Mittelrhein-Museum, Koblenz

Lucas van Valckenborch biography

This work is linked to Genesis 11:4

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Van Valckenborch was a protestant artist. In his circle large catholic construction projects such as cathedrals were often criticized: examples of human hubris. His depictions of the Tower of Babel should probably be seen in that context, and not as signs of admiration of technological advancement.

Other Towers by Van Valckenborch: 1568 and 1594.

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