Bruegel’s monumental composition became the most famous, most often copied and varied classic depiction of the tower. Perspective is provided by the seemingly Flemish port which seems tiny in comparison with the tower. Painstakingly, and in encyclopaedic detail, Bruegel depicts countless technical and craftsmanship processes. He blends elements from antique and Romanesque architecture in the stone structure around the building’s exterior.
Overall: 114,4 cm × 155,5 cm × 3,8 cm
Framed: 135 cm × 176 cm × 6,5 cm
Designated at the bottom of a cuboid: BRVEGEL. FE. M.CCCCC.LXIII
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie
1566 Nicolaas Jongelinck; probably passed into the possession of the city of Antwerp in 1566; Rudolf II; Coll. Leopold Wilhelm
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