By Valerie Mainz
This publication examines a variety of visible photos of army recruitment to discover altering notions of glory, or of gloire, during the French Revolution. It increases questions on how this occasion re-orientated notions of ‘citizenship’ and of carrier to ‘la Patrie’. the hole traces of the Marseillaise are grandly declamatory: Allons enfants de los angeles Patrie/le jour de gloire est arrivé! or, in English: Arise, young ones of the Homeland/The day of glory has arrived! What do those phrases suggest of their later eighteenth-century French context? What was once gloire and the way was once it replaced via the innovative strategy? This army track, later followed because the nationwide anthem, represents a deceptively unifying second of collective engagement within the making of the trendy French state. Valerie Mainz questions this via a detailed research of visible imagery facing the problem of army recruitment. From neoclassical portray to renowned prints, such pictures ordinarily handled the shift from civilian to soldier, targeting how males, and never girls, have been known as to serve the Homeland.
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Extra resources for Days of Glory?: Imaging Military Recruitment and the French Revolution
The print belongs to a two-part series of six prints in each part. The series has the title Diverses petitte Figures des Cris de Paris (Bibliothèque nationale) Estampes Ee3 a pet. fol. and Oa 79 pet. 66; 409. 356. This study deals with visual imagery that is essentially two-dimensional. The sculptural monument, object or artefact offers other processes of signification entailing different potentialities for meaning. The medal 26 V. MAINZ 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. promotes, for instance, belief in the authenticity of what it represents because of the way it is configured, and this configuration is dependent on its own specific processes and conventions.
Photo: BnF SIGNING UP BEFORE THE REVOLUTION 33 Fig. 6 cm, 1633, Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, Inv. RESERVE ED-25 (18)-Boite Ecu Callot 1340. Photo: BnF 34 V. MAINZ SIGNING UP BEFORE THE REVOLUTION 35 oblong, covered table on which a ledger, a pen in an inkpot, a prominent pile of coins and, presumably, moneybags, rest. Outlined against white ground, the bare-headed recruit stands freely and unencumbered. He faces, across the table, a seated officer who, with both his hands, points to the not inconsiderable pile of coins on the table before him while also holding out three coins to the recruit.
Glory accrues to the Duke here who, in ruling his troops in this relatively understated way is being shown to be a wise, reasoned and munificent leader. Giovanni e Paolo) which, in a public square to this day, imposes onto the spectator below, the imagery of the mercenary warlord. Two handsome soldiers have been set to frame the central transaction. 5 It is as if, in joining up, the recruit will, too, become one of, and one with, this handsome company. 6 His ‘twin’ on the right, in rear view, wears a flamboyant, high plumed hat with feathers.