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The characters in the painting are looking over a wall towards a future they desire, but are separated from it. The iconography of the subject of refugees can be found anywhere from 6th century BC papyri to the portals of Gothic cathedrals, from Rembrandt to K. Kollwitz. A refugee is somebody who is being persecuted for their religion, race, citizenship or political beliefs, as well as somebody who cannot return to their normal life due to fear or illness. Being separated behind a wall is a state common to all human beings and an eternal subject.