Carnival festivities in Europe began in the 16th century when the Catholic Church, based on the lunar calendar, set the period of Lent that proceeds Easter Sunday.
Os festejos do carnaval europeu iniciaram-se no séc. XI quando a Igreja Católica, baseada no calendário lunar, estabeleceu o período da Quaresma que antecede o Domingo de Páscoa.
Unknown (18-19th century)-'view of snow drifts during the carnival in Moscow'-lithograph Bern-Century Kunstmuseum
P. Bergaigne (active 1699-1716)-'a carnival parade with masked figures'-oil on canvas Private collection
Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo (1725-1804)-'carnival scene (the minuet)'-oil on canvas-(1754-1755) Paris-Musée du Louvre
François Flameng (1856-1923)-'carnival, Venice'-oil on panel Private collection
Francesco Lazzaro Guardi (1712-1796)-'carnival Thursday on the Piazzeta (Venice)'-oil on canvas-(1766-1774) Paris-Musée du Louvre