Tower of Babel

Today we are mixing:

  • The Painting: “The Tower of Babel” by Pieter Bruegel the Elder
  • The Soundtrack: “Flight Over Venice 1” by Jesper Kyd (“Assassins Creed II” Score)

About the Painting

“The Tower of Babel”. Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Oil on panel. 1563.

Pieter Bruegel the Elder was the most significant artist of Dutch and Flemish Renaissance painting, a painter and printmaker from Brabant, known for his landscapes and peasant scenes; he was a pioneer in making both types of subject the focus in large paintings.

He was a formative influence on Dutch Golden Age painting and later painting in general in his innovative choices of subject matter, as one of the first generation of artists to grow up when religious subjects had ceased to be the natural subject matter of painting. He also painted no portraits, the other mainstay of Netherlandish art. After his training and travels to Italy, he returned in 1555 to settle in Antwerp, where he worked mainly as a prolific designer of prints for the leading publisher of the day. Only towards the end of the decade did he switch to make painting his main medium, and all his famous paintings come from the following period of little more than a decade before his early death, when he was probably in his early forties, and at the height of his powers.

About the Soundtrack

We used “Flight Over Venice 1” from “Assassins Creed II” (2009 videogame) by Jesper Kyd.

Assassin’s Creed II is a 2009 action-adventurevideo game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. It is the second major installment in the Assassin’s Creed series, a sequel to 2007’s Assassin’s Creed

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