Pieter Bruegel the Elder. The Fight between Carnival and Lent. Detail. 1559. Oil on panel. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria. More.
The Fight between Carnival and Lent. This painting takes as its subject the traditional annual carnival, which was held in Flanders in the week before lent. A half-religious, half-secular festival, it provided an excuse for excesses of drinking and sex: contemporary moralists condemned it as the devilís week.