The Battle of Carnival and Lent
Dimensions: 21.25 X 14.75
Size: Extra Large
The Battle of Carnival and Lent, Pieter Bruegel the Elder
This painting was looted by the Nazis from the National Museum in Krakow, shortly after the Nazi invasion of Poland in 1939. It has been missing since. Bruegel painted several very similar versions of this painting, and the version you see here hangs in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. The scene depicts the annual three-day festival of Carnival, which precedes Lent. In this typical re-enactment, party-goers and revelers celebrate amidst beggars and cripples on the left side, and pious church goers display mercy and charity on the right. In the center, a fat man representing carnival rides a giant beer barrel to joust with the skinny Lent, dressed in mourning and sitting on an uncomfortable prayer stool.