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Vol 24 No 3 March/April 2019

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Take the Witness: Cross Examination in International Arbitration

Edited by: Lawrence W. Newman, Timothy G. Nelson
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The Art of Law: Artistic Representations and Iconography of Law and Justice in Context, from the Middle Ages to the First World War

Edited by: Stefan Huygebaert, Georges Martyn, Vanessa Paumen, Eric Bousmar, Xavier Rousseaux

ISBN13: 9783319907864
Published: October 2018
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
Country of Publication: Switzerland
Format: Hardback
Price: £109.99

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The contributions to this volume were written by historians, legal historians and art historians, each using his or her own methods and sources, but all concentrating on topics from the broad subject of historical legal iconography. How have the concepts of law and justice been represented in (public) art from the Late Middle Ages onwards? Justices and rulers had their courtrooms, but also churches, decorated with inspiring images. At first, the religious influence was enormous, but starting with the Early Modern Era, new symbols and allegories began appearing.

Throughout history, art has been used to legitimise the act of judging, but artists have also satirised the law and the lawyers; architects and artisans have engaged in juridical and judicial projects and, in some criminal cases, convicts have even been sentenced to produce works of art. The book illustrates and contextualises the various interactions between law and justice on the one hand, and their artistic representations in paintings, statues, drawings, tapestries, prints and books on the other.

Legal History
Chapter 1. Introduction
Part I: Law, Justice and Art
Chapter 2. The Bruges exhibition `The Art of Law'
Chapter 3. Law's Manifestations: From Signs to Images - on Early Modern Legal Iconology
Chapter 4. Works of Art as Criminal Punishment in the Low Countries (14th-17th c.)
Chapter 5. "ut experiri et scire posset". Pictorial Evidence and Judicial Inquiry in Hans Fries' Kleiner Johannes Altar
Part II: Moralising Law and Justice Representations in the Late Middle Ages and Early Modern Era
Chapter 6. Changes in Late-Medieval Artistic Representations of Hell in the Last Judgment in North-Central Italy, ca.
1300-1400: A Visual Trick?
Chapter 7. Medieval Iconography of Justice in a European Periphery: The Case of Sweden, ca.
Chapter 8. Justitia, Examples and Allegories of Justice, and Courts in Flemish Tapestry, 1450-1550
Chapter 9. The Judgment of Cambyses: Multiple Sources and Post-David Nachleben of a Rich Iconographical Topic
Chapter 10. Multilayered Functions of Early Modern Court Room Equipment: Luneburg for Example
Part III: Lawyers and Justices: Their Books, Their Work, Their Symbols
Chapter 11. Civic Bodies and their Identification with Justice and Law in Early Modern Flemish Portraiture
Chapter 12. The Paradoxes of Lady Justice's Blindfold
Chapter 13. Lawyers and Litigants: The Corrupting Appeal and Effects of Civil Litigation in Hendrick Goltzius' Litis abusus
Chapter 14. Framing the Law. Legal Iconology of the Grotesque in the Sixteenth Century
Chapter 15. The Mechanical Art of Rhetoric in an Ordinary Sixteenth Century German Formulary
Chapter 16. A Ghostly Corpse in the City? Spatial Configurations and Iconographic Representations of Capital Punishment in the `Belgian' space (16th-20th c.)
Chapter 17. Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite ou la Mort. The Iconography of Injustice in the Work of Pierre Goetsbloets
Part IV: Justice Architecture and Decorations in the Long 19th Century
Chapter 18. Joseph-Jonas Dumont's Prison Gatehouses: architecture parlante in Neo-Tudor Style
Chapter 19. Experiencing Justice in the Cour d'Assises of Brabant (1893-1913). A Place of Education and Entertainment
Chapter 20. The Judge, the Artist and the (Legal) Historian: Theophile Smekens, Pieter Van der Ouderaa, Pieter Genard and the Antwerp cour d'assises
Chapter 21. Images of Justice in the Colonial Courts of British India. The Judicial Iconography of the Bombay High Court.