Sunday, July 5, 2009


The Return of the Crusader (1835) by the German painter Carl Friedrich Lessing (1808-1880).

The Romantic painter Lessing shows an old disillusioned warrior coming home. Sure that he left a lot of his ideals back there in the war. May be that some crusaders returned like this, but painting must be seen in the context of the conservative restoration in Europe that ended the liberal and national dreams.

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