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- Author cartoon attributed to Michiel Coxie
- Performed by Pieter van Aelst the Younger workshop
- Date of production ca. 1550
- Place of creation Brussels
- Dimensions height: 494 cm, width: 275 cm
- Author's designation weaver’s mark in the bottom right corner, mark of Brussels on the bottom part of the border
- ID no. ZKWawel 18
- Availability Zodiac Room
- Collector collection of King Sigismund Augustus
- Object copyright Wawel Royal Castle – State Art Collection
- Digital images copyright public domain
- Digitalisation RDW MIC, Digitalisation of the most significant tapestries from the collection of Wawel Royal Castle project
In front of us, the last act of the history of the Tower of Babel takes place – The Spread of the Nations. On a meadow at the foot of the hill, a group of people can be seen, with two men standing and five women sitting next to them on the grass. All attempts to communicate with one another have been in vain, the evidence of which is a tablet in the hands of the woman in a blue dress.more
In front of us, the last act of the history of the Tower of Babel takes place – The Spread of the Nations. On a meadow at the foot of the hill, a group of people can be seen, with two men standing and five women sitting next to them on the grass. All attempts to communicate with one another have been in vain, the evidence of which is a tablet in the hands of the woman in a blue dress. It is filled with illegible characters; apparently, this method of communication has also failed. In the deep background, there are no longer traces of the tower; only the central building with a portico remains, similar to the one that we know from the tapestry The Building of the Tower of Babel. People visible in the background start dispersing in different directions. Almost no one has remained from the crowd of builders. The Latin inscription in a blue cartouche at the top part of the border reads in translation: “The Lord scattered them.”
A wide border along the top and bottom edges of the textile is similar to the one of the tapestry The Confusion of Tongues – with figures of putti placed in a decoration of ornamental slats, garlands of olive branches and bouquets. The sides of the tapestry are closed with a narrow border characteristic of the entire collection, with bands interlaced with flowers.
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