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This is a picture just sent by one of my friends.

He is trying to convey some message. I didn't get him, neither did I get the picture.

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The basis for that picture is the Feels Good meme. It's used for expressing satisfaction with something. Variations like this often show a character seeing some desire stereotypical for them fulfilled. In that context the picture is depicting a crusader's pleasant feeling when doing some nice crusading.

The historical context doesn't go any deeper than "It's showing crusaders doing their stereotypical Muslim-killing thing". The actual painting used is not important - and is actually even poorly chosen, considering it depicts the sacking of Christian Constantinople as PhillS points out in his answer.

(Bonus guess: Your friend's sending you this picture was probably somehow related to a conversation about islamism/islamic terror and (jokingly) pointing out how good he thinks it would feel to go on a crusade against them)


The original painting is apparently depicting the fall of Constantinople in the 4th crusade in 1204 AD. I'm pretty certain that this is what the meme image is using it for (haven't been able to find out in a cursory search what the painting was actually titled or who painted it).

The event is noteworthy because the 4th crusade set out to recapture Jerusalem and the holy land from the Muslims, but what they actually ended up doing was sacking Constantinople, which at the time was the largest Christian city in the world. Which is probably why you have a knight wearing stereotypical crusader armour looking a little embarassed: oops, we've accidentally destroyed a city of our own people rather than recapturing a city from our enemies.

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    The painting seems to be The Taking of Constantinople, by Palma il Giovane (according to wikipedia anyway) Commented May 30, 2017 at 13:37
  • Right painting, wrong analysis of the meme Commented Jun 1, 2017 at 3:07

The Teutonic Germanic nights of the times of the middle to late dark ages. They were known for this type of design and style of armour. And I'm pretty sure it is to depict the reaction of those peoples to the sacking of Constantinople in the background.

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