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Battle Between Carnival and Lent

Jan Miense Molenaerabout 1633-1634

Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields

Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields

Details

  • Title: Battle Between Carnival and Lent
  • Date Created: about 1633-1634
  • Type: oil paintings
  • Rights: Purchased in honor of A. Ian Fraser, with additional funding provided by the David L. Chambers, Jr. Fund for Dutch and Flemish Art, the Dr. V.K. Stoelting Art Fund, and Mrs. Jane W. Myers
  • External Link: http://www.imamuseum.org/mercury/load-artwork/22927
  • Medium: oil on wood
  • wall label: This wild brawl pits a mob of peasants, armed with food and cooking implements, against a similarly equipped pack of monks and priests. Peasants brandish skewered chickens and a sausage against a monk who swings a bundle of dried codfish. These rowdy combatants personify Carnival and Lent. Mock battles between them, symbolizing the struggle between excess and abstinence, often formed part of popular celebrations that heralded the start of Lent.
  • measurements: 16 x 21 3/4 in.
  • Artist: Molenaer, Jan Miense

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