Legal Iconography and Painting Constitutional Law

in Painting Constitutional Law: Xavier Cortada's Images of Constitutional Rights (M.C. Mirow & Howard M. Wasserman, eds., Leiden: Brill, Forthcoming)

Florida International University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 20-04

24 Pages Posted: 13 Feb 2020

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M. C. Mirow

Florida International University (FIU) - College of Law

Date Written: 2020

Abstract

Predominantly a European phenomenon, the study of legal iconography has expanded to the common law world and informed approaches to Anglo-American legal development. European painting, sculptures, and other artwork were used in forensic settings to channel behavior of judges, lawyers, and litigants. Such artwork often combined religious perspectives, such as depictions of the Last Judgement, but might also reflect more secular notions such as Justice. Cultural historians and theorists have supplemented these more traditional approaches by expanding the scope of the analysis of the relationship between image and law. This study illustrates the potential for legal iconography to offer deeper insights into law, legal institutions, justice, injustice, and legal change in modern society.

Keywords: Legal Iconography, Law, Justice, Painting, Florida, Constitutional Law

JEL Classification: K10, K42

Suggested Citation

Mirow, M. C., Legal Iconography and Painting Constitutional Law (2020). in Painting Constitutional Law: Xavier Cortada's Images of Constitutional Rights (M.C. Mirow & Howard M. Wasserman, eds., Leiden: Brill, Forthcoming); Florida International University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 20-04. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3528248

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