Frankfurt Parliament meeting in the
decorated with the painting in 1848/49 (coloured, contemporary engraving). The yellow color on flag is contemporary imagination
is a Germania painting by Philipp Veit created in March 1848 during the Revolutions of 1848. This allegorical figure is represented with the imperial Eagle, oak leaves (symbols of German strength), a hemp branch (as a sign of peace), and a banner.
It was hung in the
National Assembly in Frankfurt's , where it concealed the organ. It was meant as a symbol of a united democratic Paulskirche Germany and remained a national personification until the end of World War I.
Germania has been placed in the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg since 1867.
Other Symbolism [ edit ]
shackles are a symbol of restriction or internment, unfettered shackles are a symbol of freedom, independence, or a new beginning. In national personification, this would indicate past control by another power or nation; either Rome historically, or more specifically, the Holy Roman Empire. See Germany: History
Note the prominent
black, red and gold flag, which is still in use as the flag of Germany.
In this figure, the sword is brandished and held upright, in a gesture of leadership and defense, rather than offense or attack. Nobility, justice and truth are represented.
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