Master of the Munich Golden Legend ca. 1400 – 1460

The Tower of Babel

illumination (263 × 184 mm) — c. 1415-1430 Museum British Library, London

Master of the Munich Golden Legend biography

This work is linked to Genesis 11:4

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The higher the tower builders get, the more they quarrel. On the top of the tower angels warn them not to continue their haughty plans.

In the foreground to the left the man who ordered the tower looks on. The man with the mantle could be a bishop, waving his finger in a warning manner.

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This is folio 17v from the Bedford Book of Hours. The richly illustrated manuscript is named after its first owner, the English duke John of Bedford. It was probably made in Paris in a workshop lead by an anonymous artist now known as the Bedford Master. The five full page miniatures with episodes from Genesis have been attributed to another anonymous master, the Master of the Munich Golden Legend.

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