Image Resources | Currently on View in William C. Griffith Jr. and Carolyn C. Griffith Gallery
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.
Still Life with a Stoneware Jug, Berkemeyer, and Smoking Utensils
Pieter Claesz. (Dutch, 1597/1598-1660)