The Building of the Tower of Babel

The Building of the Tower of Babel

Date Early 12th century

Movement Mature Romanesque

Located at Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe, France

 

This painting is a part of a painted program on the nave vault of the Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe in France. Dark, heavily outlined figures allow for clear legibility for the viewers below. In this particular register, God is counterbalanced by the gigantic Nimrod, handing stones to his builders who scramble to add height to the structure.