Rejoice, Carnival, for Tomorrow Thou Wilt Be Ashes
Series TitleThe Follies (Los Disparates); also called The Proverbs (Los Proverbios)
Francisco Goya (Spanish, 1746 – 1828)
DateDesigned 1815-1823; published late 19th century
MediumEtching and aquatint
DimensionsImage : 8 1/2 x 12 1/2 in. (21.59 x 31.75 cm)
Credit LineHope College Collection
LabelCarnival refers to the holiday immediately before Lent when many Christians celebrate with parties featuring rich food, drink, music, dancing and other sensual indulgences. This print depicts a crowd of costumed Carnival revelers cavorting in the streets around the figure of a Roman Catholic priest. The image has been understood as a critique of the lip-service many people pay to Christian values while their behavior most of the time is contrary to those values. Rejoice, Carnival is the fourteenth plate in Goya's last major print series, usually called The Follies (Los Disparates) or sometimes The Proverbs (Los Proverbios), which he designed between 1815 and 1823. The sharp commentary expressed in the series was considered so threatening to Spain's political and social elites that nobody would publish this series during Goya's lifetime, and the images were not revealed to the public until 1864.