The Last Carnival
ISBN10: 1861890451 ISBN13: 9781861890450 Contributors: Goderch, Anna Maria Publisher: Reaktion Books Published: Feb 1 2000 Weight: 1.80lbs. Height: 9.00" Width: 5.75" Depth: 1.00" Language: English
The starting-point of this study was the discovery that Goya's most famous series of etchings, the Caprichos, was published on Ash Wednesday in 1799. The Spanish artist waited until the 'last Carnival of the century' to bring his celebrated work to light because his aim was to give a personal vision of the 'world turned upside down'. This book reconstructs the link between Carnival, Revolution and the turn of the century in Western culture and analyses the way in which Goya's late work vividly illustrates this triple link. The Marquis de Sade is a second emblematic figure in this adventure into the reversal of all values. Topics such as inversion and perversion, violence and transvestism, folly and the triumph of the flesh, techniques of ambiguity and the symbolism of laughter are illustrated by means of a wide range of examples.