With the help of the chart in Box 3, identify the attributes of Veit’s Germania and interpret the symbolic meaning of the painting.

Q.:- With the help of the chart in Box 3, identify the attributes of Veit’s Germania and interpret the symbolic meaning of the painting.

Meanings of Symbols

Attribute Significance
Broken chains

Breastplate with eagle

Crown of oak leaves

Sword

Olive branch around the sword

Black, red and gold tricolour

 

 

Rays of the rising Sun

 

Being freed

Symbol of the German empire-strength

Heroism

Readiness to fight

Willingness to make peace

 

Flag of the liberal-nationalists in 1848, banned by the Dukes of the German states

 

Beginning of a new era

 

In an earlier allegorical rendering of 1836, Veit had portrayed the Kaiser’s crown at the place where he has now located the broken chain. Explain the significance of this change.

 

Answer:-

The symbolic meaning of the painting is that the German nation has emerged. The female figure of Germania is an allegory of the German nation. All the attributes of the German nation can be seen in the painting as given in Box 3.

The replacement of the Kaiser’s crown with the broken chain signifies that the German nation is now free from autocratic monarchical rule.