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tower of babel

The text of my volume on Bruegel’s Tower of Babel examines the facts and some wild lies I've written about a masterpiece created during the first years of mankinds' most revolutionary idea – multi-national capitalism. The opening lines of Born in the Shadow, the first part of that fictional tour of the Tower, which you can't quite read below, are reprinted at the top of this page. The second half of this volume tells the facts about Bruegel's life on the dark side of the Renaissance.

The two pictures above attempt to show how you can click the little "magnify" palette (located in the top illustration above where it says "Notes of a Tower Employee") and zoom into the painting so that it first fills your computer monitor, then overflows you monitor (as shown above). Then you can click it and enlarge it once again so that you've got a life size copy of Breugel's Tower of Babel. You can then move around in and examine the painting as if you're computer monitor were a magnifying glass.

To the left is a detail from the incredibly intricate art of the father of American political cartoons, Thomas Nast. As our volume on Thomas Nast tells his tale it continues the story of the rise of corporations that is introduced in the volume on Bruegel's Tower of Babel. Life size reproductions of two of Nast's greatest masterpiece will fill and overflow your computer screen.

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Thomas Nast cartoon detail