Chapter 1

NCERT
Class 10
History
Solutions
1. With the help of the chart in Box, identify the attributes of Veit’s Germania and interpret the symbolic meaning of the painting. In an earlier allegorical rendering of 1836, Explain the significance of this change.

Question:

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Attribute Significance
Broken chains Being freed
Breastplate with eagle Symbol of the German empire-strength
Crown of oak leaves Heroism
Sward Readiness to fight
Olive branch around the sword Willingness to make peace
Black, red, and gold tricolor The flag of the liberal nationalists in 1848,
banned by the Dukes of the German states
Rays of the rising sun The beginning of a new era

With the help of the chart in Box, identify the attributes of Veit’s Germania and interpret the symbolic meaning of the painting. 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 out be seen in the painting as given in the chart. The replacement of the Kaiser’s crown with the broken chain signifies that the German nation is now free from autocratic monarchical rule.

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