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The Tower of Babel

  • About the work
  • About the artist
    Jan Christiaensz Micker was born and died in Amsterdam, but few details of his life are known. He is thought to have painted mostly landscapes and religious subjects. Among his known works are Old Testament scenes and landscapes of his native country. His painting of the ‘Martyrdom of St Laurence’ belongs to the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Other works by Micker can be found in various Dutch collections; the Amsterdam Historical Museum owns an innovative bird’s-eye view of the city, in which shadows are cast over the streets and canals by unseen clouds. His brother Barent Micker was also a painter.
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  • Details
    Title
    The Tower of Babel
    Date
    Medium
    Oil on panel
    Dimensions
    height: 83.00 cm, width: 128.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Sir Bruce Ingram, 1963
    Provenance
    Collection of journalist and newspaper editor Sir Bruce Stirling Ingram (1877-1963) and on loan to the Ministry of Works from 1952; from whom purchased by the Ministry of Works in 1963
    GAC number
    1475