I was intrigued today in class when we talked a bit about how Bruegel’s painting, “The Battle Between Carnival and Lent,” was altered after he finished it. Bruegel himself made changes to the painting which can be seen with x-ray technology, but more fascinating and, to me, seemingly wrong are the later alternations made by other artists. Several parts of the painting that were very graphic, such as corpses, were delicately covered up.
The image is a link to the NY Times article that describes the painting and includes some really interesting pictures of the x-ray images.
I thought I would share in case anyone else was intrigued in class.
One further point that relates more to our study of poetry is the general alteration of art. Poems are often edited by publishers and different editions exist from several sources. I think it begs us to wonder why these changes are made and if they are just.