Monday, 1 January 2007

72 Views of the Tower of Babel

Image Description
Illustration to the Cædmon Manuscript (parts of Genesis, Exodus and Daniel in Old English verse)
MS. Junius 11 page 82
Bodleian Library, Oxford, England
England, circa 1000
Illustration to the Old English Illustrated Hexateuch (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy and Joshua)
Cotton Claudius B. IV folio 19r
British Library, London, England
England, circa 1025–1050
Part of a fresco at the Abbey Church, Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe, France
circa 1100
Ivory tablet at the Salerno Diocesan Museum, Salerno, Italy
circa 1150
Copy of part of a mosaic at the Cathedral of Monreale (Santa Maria la Nuovo), Monreale, Italy
circa 1180
Copy of an illustration to the Hortus Deliciarum by Abbess Herrad von Landsberg (1167–1195) [original manuscript was destroyed by fire in 1870]
folio 27v
Germany (Hohenburg Abbey, Alsace), late 12th century
Detail of a copy of the Ebstorf Mappa Mundi by Gervase of Tilbury [the original manuscript came from the Benedictine monastery at Ebstorf; was moved to the Museum of the Historical Society of Lower Saxony in Hanover in 1845; and destroyed by bombing in 1943]
Germany (Ebstorf), circa 1234
Illustration to the Bible of Robert de Bello
Burney 3 folio 5v
British Library, London, England
England (Canterbury ?), 1240–1253
Illustration to a Bible Historiée
Rylands French MS 5 folio 16r
John Rylands University Library, Manchester, England
France, circa 1250
Illustration to the Morgan Bible (also known as the Maciejowski Bible)
MS M. 638 folio 3r
The Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, U.S.A.
France (Paris), circa 1250
Part of a fresco by Cimabue (c.1240-c.1302) at the Upper Church of the Basilica of San, Francesco, Assisi, Italy
1283
Mosaic (detail in colour) at the Basilica di San Marco, Venice, Italy
13th century
Detail of the 1869/72 facsimile edition of the Hereford Mappa Mundi
Hereford Cathedral, Hereford, England
England, circa 1300
Illustration to the Golden Haggadah
Add. MS 27210 folio 3
British Library, London, England
Spain (Barcelona), early 14th century
Illustration to a Bible Historiale
KB, 71 A 23 folio 16r
Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague, Netherlands
France (Paris), circa 1320–1340
Illustration to the Bible of Clement VII
Add. MS 47672 folio 7
British Library, London, England
circa 1330–1350
illustration by Michiel van der Borch to Jacob van Maerlant's Rhimebible
MMW, 10 B 21 folio 9v
Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague, Netherlands
Netherlands (Utrecht), 1332
Illustration to the Velislav Bible
MS 23 C 124 folio 3
National University Library, Prague, Czech Republic
circa 1340
Illustration to the Egerton Genesis Picture Book
Egerton 1894 folio 5v
British Library, London, England
England (Norwich or Durham?), circa 1360
Illustration to Rudolf von Ems's World Chronicle
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich, Germany
circa 1370
Illustration to Petrus Comestor's Bible Historiale
MMW, 10 B 23 folio 19r
Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague, Netherlands
France (Paris), 1372
Illustration to a Haggadah for Passover (the Sister Haggadah)
Oriental 2884 folio 3v
British Library, London, England
Spain (Barcelona), circa 1325–1375
Illustration to Omne Bonum (Absolucio-Circumcisio) by James le Palmer
Royal 6 E VI folio 2v
British Library, London, England
England (London), circa 1360–1375
Part of a fresco by Giusto di Giovanni de Menabuoi (c.1320 - 1391) at Padua Baptistery, Padua, Italy
1376–1378
Illustration to the Bible Historiale of Jean de Berry
MS. Ludwig XIII 3 folio 2
J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
France (Paris), circa 1390–1400
Illustration to a Bible Historiée et Vie des Saints
Spencer Collection Ms. 022 folio 14
New York Public Library, New York, U.S.A.
France, circa 1390
Illustration to the Bible Historiale of Guyart des Moulins
MS 5 folio 17r
Bibliotheque Municipale, Troyes, France
France, 14th century
illustration by Petrus Gilberti to the Bible Historiale of Guyart des Moulins
Royal 15 D. III folio 15v
British Library, London, England
early 15th century
Illustration to Rudolf von Ems's World Chronicle
MS. 33 folio 13
J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
Germany (Regensburg), circa 1400–1410
Illustration to St. Augustine's La Cité de Dieu
MMW, 10 A 12 folio 93v
Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague, Netherlands
France (Paris), circa 1410–1412
Illustration to St. Augustine's La Cité de Dieu
MS 55 folio 111v
Bibliotheque Municipale, Boulogne-sur-Mer, France
France, circa 1400–1450
Illustration to e Livre du Trésor
Yates Thompson 28 [ex Add. MS 39844] folio 51
British Library, London, England
Italy (Florence), 1425
Illustration to the Bedford Book of Hours
Add. MS 18850 folio 17v
British Library, London, England
1414–1423
Illustration to a History Bible
KB, 78 D 38 I folio 16v
Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague, Netherlands
Netherlands (Utrecht), circa 1430
Illustration to Speculum Humanae Salvationis
MMW, 10 B 34 folio 34v
Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague, Netherlands
Germany (Cologne), circa 1450
Illustration Chronique de la Bouquechardière by Jean de Courcy
Harley 4376 folio 206v
British Library, London, England
France (Rouen), circa 1450–1475
Illustration to Des cas des nobles hommes et femmes by Giovanni Boccaccio (1313–1375)
Add. MS 35321 (Book I chapter iii folio 4v)
British Library, London, England
circa 1475
Illustration to Fasciculus Temporum
KB, 74 J 5 folio 4r
Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague, Netherlands
Netherlands, circa 1475–1500
Illustration to La Bouquechardière by Jean de Courcy
MMW, 10 A 17 folio 184r
Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague, Netherlands
France (Rouen), before 1477
Illustration to a Book of Hours
KB, 133 H 30 folio 107r
Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague, Netherlands
Netherlands, 1478
Illustration to the Le recoeil des histoires de Troyes by Raoul Lefèvre
Royal 17 E II folio 8
British Library, London, England
Netherlands (Bruges), circa 1475–1483

Copy of a fresco by Benozzo Gozzoli (c.1421–1497) at the Camposanto, now at the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Pisa, Italy
1469–1484
Illustration to Speculum Humanae Salvationis
MMW, 10 C 23 folio 37v
Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague, Netherlands
Germany, 15th century
Illustration to Le Tresor des Histoires
Cotton Augustus V folio 22
British Library, London, England
15th century
Illustration to La Bouquechardière by Jean de Courcy (c.1350–1431)
MS 728/312 folio 181v
Musee Conde, Chantilly, France
France, 15th century
Illustration to the Book of the Apocalypse
MS 28/1378 folio 8v
Musee Conde, Chantilly, France
France, 15th century
Illustration to La Sfera by Gregorio Dati (1362–1436)
MA 110 folio 24
New York Public Library, New York, U.S.A.
15th century
Illustration to La Sfera by Gregorio Dati (1362–1436)
MA 109 folio 17
New York Public Library, New York, U.S.A.
15th century
Illustration to La Sfera by Gregorio Dati (1362–1436)
Spencer Collection Ms. 185 folio 17
New York Public Library, New York, U.S.A.
15th century
illustration by Gerard Horenbout to a Book of Hours
Add. MS 35313 folio 34
British Library, London, England
Netherlands (Bruges or Ghent), circa 1500
Illustration to a Chronicle
MS 19 folio 3
Lambeth Palace Library, London, England
circa 1500–1550
Illustration to the Schönsperger Bible (Schönsperger-Bibel) page b8a
2 Inc.c.a. 2386 a, Bayerische StaatsBibliothek, Munich
Augsburg: Johann Schönsperger, 1490
Illustration to the Revelations of Methodius (Revelationes Methodii) page a6b
4 Inc.c.a. 1523, Bayerische StaatsBibliothek, Munich
Basel: Michael Furter, 1498

Illustrations to the Cologne Chronicle (Kölnische Chronik) pages C3a and C4a
2 Inc.s.a. 302
Bayerische StaatsBibliothek, Munich
Cologne: Johann Koelhoff der Jüngere, 1499
Illustration to the Liber Chronicarum (Das Buch der Croniken und Geschichten) page d4a
2 Inc.c.a. 3925
Bayerische StaatsBibliothek, Munich
Augsburg: Johann Schönsperger, 1500
Detail of the Carta Universal of Juan de la Cosa ((c.1460–1509)
Museo Naval de Madrid
Spain (Puerto de Santa María), 1500
Detail of the Cantino planisphere
Biblioteca Estense, Modena, Italy
1502
Drawing by Federico Zuccaro (1540/1541–1609)
The Louvre [INV 4535], Paris, France
Illustration to an Ethiopic hymnary, Tabiba Tabiban
Or. 590 folio 10
British Library, London, England
Ethiopia, 18th century


Update [2009-01-01]

In the two years since the birth of this page on January 1st 2007 the number of views of the Tower of Babel has grown to well over a hundred. To make this page easier to manage, and hopefully easier to appreciate, I am now restricting this page to medieval views of the Tower of Babel (at present less then the nominal 72 views in the title, but I expect the number of views to grow as more and more medieval manuscripts are digitized and made available online).

See the following pages for post-medieval and modern views of the Tower of Babel :



[Last updated : 2011-10-30]


2 comments:

cieguita said...

maravillosa colección <3 gracias por postearla

Fleming said...

I just stubble across this (while investigating Byrhtferth's runes).

Brilliant! Thanks