Pieter Brueghel the Elder
The Battle between Carnival and Lent was a folk custom in the Netherlands – a mock battle in which revelry warred with control, marking the boundary between winter and spring. Hmmm. Isn’t this a metaphor for all the internal struggles we face – between self-discipline and happy excess, lazy joy and deferred gratification? No matter: go make a few pancakes, make your Lenten intentions and get your ashes on your head tomorrow.
Jan Miense Molenaer