Oil on canvas, 41 x 33 inches
Carnival is celebrated in the weeks before the start of Lent. Skyros has a particularly striking Carnival celebration, one in which Peschke was clearly interested from an artistic and ethnographic standpoint, as Dorothy Burr Thompson's diary entry about Peschke's description of the celebrations indicates. In this painting, a masquerader dressed as the "Yeros" or "Old Man" is depicted, wearing an animal skin over his head and dozens of goat bells around his waist. Other masqueraders can be seen behind the "Yeros," both in this photograph that belonged to Peschke (and may well have been taken by him) and in the painting that is based upon it.