Visualizing the Nation

The use of Symbols to represent nationalism

  • Visualizing the nation means using particular symbols to represent a nation. Nation is an abstract concept.
  • Generally a nation is personified by displaying human figure. If we observe historically, the visualization of nation was mainly prerogative of personifying nation into a female figure.
  • The allegory of France is┬áMarianne, a Christian name. The French people marked her images on coins and stamps. She stood for Liberty and the republic.
Marianne, allegory of France(source: brainly.com)
Marianne, allegory of France(source: brainly.com)
  • Artists portrayed Germania to represent Germany as a nation. Germania wears a crown of oak leaves that stands for heroism.
  • In the USA, the figure of Columbia preserves the unity of the states.
Columbia, allegory of the USA(source: Wikipedia)
Columbia, allegory of the USA(source: Wikipedia)
  • ┬áThe revolutionaries in French revolution portrayed liberty, equality and justice with female figures. The use of allegory to represent a nation concretizes the national sentiment of the people.
Germania, allegory of German nation(source: wikipedia)
Germania, allegory of German nation(source: wikipedia)
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