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- Who were Marianne and Germania. What was the importance of the way in which they were portrayed
. Who were Marianne and Germania. What was the importance of the way in which they were portrayed
Ans: Female allegories were invented by artists in the nineteenth century to represent the nation.
i. Marianne, a popular Christian name – underlined the idea of a people’s nation.
ii. Her characteristics were drawn from those of Liberty and the Republic – the red cap, the tricolour, the cockade. Statues of Marianne were erected in public squares to remind the public of the national symbol of unity and to persuade them to identify with it.
iii. The image of Marianne was marked on coins and stamps.
Germania became the allegory of the German nation. In visual representations, Germania wears a crown of oak leaves, as the German oak stands for heroism.