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Allegory of Truth

Depiction of female revolutionary figure as virtues

Annotation

Female revolutionary figures stood for all kinds of qualities and virtues, in this case, "Truth." Women figures appeared so prominently in paintings and engravings because French nouns for the qualities and virtues were usually feminine (Truth = La Vérité). In other words, paintings such as this one did not represent real women; they used allegorical figures to make a more abstract point.

Transcription

La Verite amene La Republique et L'Abondance

How to Cite This Source

"Allegory of Truth," in World History Commons, https://worldhistorycommons.org/allegory-truth [accessed August 13, 2022]