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Parution : 02/2017
Editeur : Vittorio Klostermann
ISBN : 978-3-4650-4265-5
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The Eyes of Justice

Blindfolds and Farsightedness, Vision and Blindness in the Aesthetics of the Law

José M. González García

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Should Justice be blind or should she instead be capable of seeing everything, even the human heart? José M. González García examines how the iconography of Justice evolved over the course of history. Providing an overview of depictions of Justice in various ages and places, the book mainly focuses on “The Blindfold Dispute” that began to develop during Renaissance.

While at first the blindfold was perceived as unjust, precisely because it denied Justice the ability to see everything, it transformed just a few years later into a positive symbol of the equality of all individuals before the law. And other depictions were added: supplementary eyes, transparent blindfolds, the double face of Janus, the returns of Astraea and the “Eye of the Law”. The book also analyses important historic moments in which the crisis of the Law went along with a search for new forms of representing the gaze of Justice, as reflections on the art of Dürer, Klimt and Kafka as well as recent developments in political philosophy show.



Introduction, p. 15

First Part. Iconographic Traditions on the Gaze of Justice

Chapter 1. Hymn to the Gaze of Justice That Sees All, p. 25
Chapter 2. The Blindfold Dispute, p. 101
Chapter 3. Other Traditions of the Gaze of Justice: Extraordinary Eyes, Transparent Blindfolds, the Double Face of Janus, Astraea’s Returns and the Eye of the Law, p. 195


Second Part. Three Historic Moments in Which the Crisis of the Law Goes Hand in Hand with a Search for New Ways of Representing the Gaze of Justice

Chapter 4. Images of Justice and the Law in the Works of Albrecht Dürer, p. 261
Chapter 5. Crisis of the Liberal Model of Justice in Turn-of-the-Century Vienna, p. 315
Chapter 6. Justice or Fortune?, p. 363