2010 | 2010, nr 2 (15) | 119-126
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Krucjata dziecięca w literaturze i malarstwie

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Children’s Crusade in Literature and Painting
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The author analyzes the two artistic visions of the children’s crusade. He points out that modern historians have no doubts – the crusade never happened. The author notes that the essence of this myth is the idea of undeserved suffering. In this way the writers could pose fundamental questions about the meaning of human existence. The painting of Witold Wojtkiewicz Krucjata dziecięca reveals – according to the author – a vision of being “in” the world – the world of no fulfilment, full of emptiness and death which threatens people. In contrast we have a vision created by Wojciech Gawlowski. The children’s journey is not, like in Wojtkiewicz’s work, a travelling towards the unknown, but a familiar and tamed ritual. It is both wonderful and handicapped, sublimed and grotesque. First of all however, it has one clear goal – it is a journey towards the supernatural.
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