The Building of the Tower of Babel
Date Early 12th century
Movement Mature Romanesque
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.