MayDay Carnivalesque meme.jpg
May Day Carnivalesque (Sophae).jpg
Carnivalesque definition meme.jpg
Carnival (Galchutt).jpg

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Carnival & Carnivalesque Artworks

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Carnivalesque Scene (Ensor).jpg
Carnival (Zaika).jpg
Carnivalesque (Lacher).jpg

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Carnivalesque Scene 

Carnival

Carnivalesque 

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Dream Of A Carnival.jpg

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Dream of a Carnival

Carnival at the Edge of Time (Sharp).jpg

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Carnival at the Edge of Time

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Carnival Fantasy (Garcia).jpg

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Carnival Fantasy 

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Thematic Images for Ancient Precursors to the Carnivalesque Carnival

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IO Saturnalia.jpg
Bacchanalia (Balen and Brueghel 1620).jpg

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Bacchanalia (1620)

Bacchanalia (Vasilevich).jpg

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Bacchanalia (1992)

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Thematic Images for Early Carnival & Carnivalesque 

(13th - 18th Centuries)

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Carnival Colorplate (Picayune Newspaper March 1, 1892).jpg
Nuremberg Shrovetide Carnival with carrus navalis (15th c.).png

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Folies de Carnaval (Insanities of Carnival, Paris 18th - 19th c.).jpgg

"Folies de Carnaval" (Insanities of Carnival, Paris 18th c.) is a prime example of Bakhtin's concept of Carnivalesque: a transgressive mode that subverts and liberates the assumptions of the dominant style or atmosphere through humor and chaos. Thus, (a) carnival can represent a social institution that degrades or “uncrowns” the higher functions of thought, speech, and the soul by translating them into the grotesque body, which serves to renew society and the world; (b) carnival can be a moment when everything is permitted, when rank  is abolished through social inversion of hierarchy (i.e., "The World Turned Upside Down") and everyone is equal.

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The Carnival's Carnivalesque Scenes and Characters 

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Thematic Images for Carnival & Carnivalesque

(19th Century) 

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On Pleasure Bent a Street Scene in Madrid during the Carnival (Robert Walker Macbeth, 1896

"On Pleasure Bent" (a Street Scene in Madrid during the Carnival by Robert Walker Macbeth, 1896). An example of the "collective pleasure" theme.