Blindness Visible: Law, Time and Bruegel's Justice

Desmond Manderson, Law and the Visual (University of Toronto Press, 2018)

ANU College of Law Research Paper No. 18-1

20 Pages Posted: 3 Jul 2018  

Desmond Manderson

ANU College of Law; ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences; McGill University - Faculty of Law

Date Written: July 2, 2018

Abstract

Printed in 1559, Bruegel's 'Justicia' appears at first glance to be a spatial representation of law—a snapshot, a mis en scène. But it is essentially about time. Bruegel's image overlays three different perspectives on the hitherto unexplored relationship between time, responsibility, and legal authority, revealing the hidden anachronism of law. At the same time, law is shown not merely to be a concept or a symbolic form, but a physical practice engraved in the flesh of those who carry it out and suffer it. Justicia takes as its method art's anachronic discourse and power of embodiment; and presents as its thesis the role of anachronic discourse and corporeal experience to the law. These insights were pertinent to the situation of law in the sixteenth century, but they are of far broader significance than that.

Suggested Citation

Manderson, Desmond, Blindness Visible: Law, Time and Bruegel's Justice (July 2, 2018). Desmond Manderson, Law and the Visual (University of Toronto Press, 2018); ANU College of Law Research Paper No. 18-1. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3206477

Desmond Manderson (Contact Author)

ANU College of Law; ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://https://researchers.anu.edu.au/researchers/manderson-dra

McGill University - Faculty of Law ( email )

Canada

HOME PAGE: http://https://researchers.anu.edu.au/researchers/manderson-dra

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