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After Pieter Bruegel the Elder
THE BATTLE BETWEEN CARNIVAL AND LENT
oil on board


This is a twentieth-century copy after the artist's iconic painting of 1559, which hangs today in the famous 'Bruegel Room' in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna (inv. no. 1016).1 Numerous autograph versions of this composition exist, one of which sold London, Christie's, 7 December 2006, lot 31 for £3,256,000. The painting depicts a traditional festival held in the Southern Netherlands, representing the transition between the celebrations and feasting of Carnival (portrayed on the left of the composition in front of an inn), before the 40-day period of religious observance and abstinence from certain foods during Lent (depicted on the right before a church).

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Unframed: 119.9 x 165 cm.; 47 1/4 x 65 in. Framed: 131.5 x 176.8 cm.; 51 3/4 x 69 5/8 in.
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Provenance

Anonymous sale ('The Property of a European Family'), Amsterdam, Christie's, 5 April 2007, lot 1114 (as part of a pair), where acquired by the present owner.

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