This week’s Work of the Week is Sea of Fools by Angus Wyatt.
Today is the first day of April and that means it’s April Fools’ Day! This artwork by Angus Wyatt depicts multiple images of the classic ‘fool’ or jester.
The exact origins of April Fools’ Day is unclear, but according to History.com:
“Some historians speculate that April Fools’ Day dates back to 1582, when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, as called for by the Council of Trent in 1563. In the Julian Calendar, the new year began with the spring equinox around April 1. People who were slow to get the news or failed to recognize that the start of the new year had moved to January 1 and continued to celebrate it during the last week of March through April 1 became the butt of jokes and hoaxes and were called “April fools.”