The Republic

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Title

The Republic

Description

Under the monarchy, the king was the country’s symbolic center. Removing him and establishing a republic made necessary not only a new constitution but also a new set of symbols. Here the revolutionaries transformed "Liberty" into "the Republic." Without her pike and cap, she seems more matriarchal, framed by flourishing plants. Sometimes depicted in more aggressive posture, the Republic was always shown as a female figure, in part to avoid identification with any particular male politician or political group. The female Republic never appeared in contemporary dress; she was a symbol above politics, not a French woman involved in revolutionary action.

Creator

None Identified

Source

Bibliothèque Nationale de France

Date

1793

Rights

Public Domain

Relation

http://chnm.gmu.edu/revolution/d/71/|<span>de Vinck. <em>Un siècle d'histoire de France par l'estampe, 1770-1870</em>. Vol. 44 (pièces 5943-6108), Ancien Régime et Révolution</span>

Format

JPEG

Language

French

Identifier

71

Original Format

Engraving

Physical Dimensions

75 x 52.5 cm

Title (French)

La République

Citation

None Identified, “The Republic,” LIBERTY, EQUALITY, FRATERNITY: EXPLORING THE FRENCH REVOUTION, accessed August 5, 2020, https://revolution.chnm.org/items/show/82.