katharina Hoins asked
Is this connected to Bruegels Babel tower? How many versions of it are there? Kind regards and thank you!
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered
Dear Katharina, These are two very interesting questions! The painting Tower of Babel is not connected to this painting of Ixion. This is Ixion, a figure from Greek mythology. He is punished for seducing goddess Hera. Zeus puts Ixion in the darkest part of the underworld, where he must pay forever for his deeds on a burning wheel. In the biblical story about the Tower of Babel, God punishes people for building a tower towards heaven by letting everybody speak another language. This way, they cannot communicate with each other and fail to finish the tower. The two stories do have a corresponding moral, as they are both about pride. There also is an engraving by Goltzius depicting this exact scene and when this painting was discovered in 1979 it was a real surprise, as the image was already known because of the engraving. Kind regards, Nina
A naked man tumbles screaming into a fiery abyss. He is Ixion, who attempted to seduce Hera, the wife of Zeus, the ruler of the gods. He was punished for his arrogance by being doomed to rotate for eternity on a burning wheel. Naked figures in overcomplicated poses were a typical challenge for Mannerist painters.
|Title||The Fall of Ixion|
|Material and technique||Oil on canvas|
|Location||This object is in storage|
Width : 152 cm
Height : 192 cm
Painter: Cornelis Cornelisz. van Haarlem
|Accession number||3006 (OK)|
|Credits||Aankoop / Purchase: 1980|
|Age maker||About 26 years old|
|Exhibitions|| The Collection Enriched (2011)
|External exhibitions|| 'De Hollandse Michelangelo' Cornelis van Haarlem (1562-1638) (2012)
|Material||Canvas > Worked fibres > Fibre > Vegetable material > Organic material > Material > Material and technique|
|Oil > Paint > Artist's material > Material > Material and technique|
|Object||Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object|
|Geographical origin||Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe|
All about the maker
Cornelis Cornelisz. van Haarlem
Haarlem 1562 - Haarlem 1638
Cornelis Cornelisz van Haarlem was a pupil of Pieter Pietersz, the son of Pieter Aertsen, and is considered one of the most deliberately mannerist painters in t..