Liberty (personification)

The concept of liberty has frequently been represented by personifications, often loosely shown as a female classical goddess.[1] Examples include Marianne, the national personification of the French Republic and its values of Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité, the female Liberty portrayed on United States coins for well over a century, and many others. These descend from images on ancient Roman coins of the Roman goddess Libertas and from various developments from the Renaissance onwards. The Dutch Maiden was among the first, re-introducing the cap of liberty on a liberty pole featured in many types of image, though not using the Phrygian cap style that became conventional. The 1886 Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World) by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi is a well-known example in art, a gift from France to the United States.

Depictions of Liberty
La liberté, Nanine Vallain, 1794
Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World), 1886, New York, by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi
Freedom Monument, 1935, Riga, Latvia, by Kārlis Zāle

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