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Robert Roberg
Babylon, the Great, Is Fallen
1992
acrylic, oil, tempera, and glitter
39 7/8 x 39 3/4 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment



Babylon, the Great, Is Fallen is Roberg's lively interpretation of the fate of the wicked city of Babylon. Working from the Book of Revelation, this Memphis, Tennessee, street preacher showed Babylon as a prostitute who led God's people astray. The color of her dress, the gold cup she holds, the beast with ten horns, and the hills on which it stands all match descriptions in the scripture. In case of doubt among the people to whom Roberg now preaches in Florida, he annotated the scene so its message would be clear.