Law and the Image: The Authority of Art and the Aesthetics of Law  

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Law and the Image: The Authority of Art and the Aesthetics of Law (1999) is a book by Costas Douzinas and Lynda Nead. On the cover is Archaeologist (1926) by Giorgio de Chirico.

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This highly original collection brings together some of the most important minds in both contemporary art history and theory, and law and legal history. The result is a fascinating discussion of the diverse relationships between law and the artistic image.

The essays draw on the critical procedures of law, art history, and cultural studies in order to create a new interdisciplinary field of visual culture and law. In exploring the hidden interdependence of law and art, the writings refute the generally held conception that law is fixed and rational while the judgment of art is autonomous and ambiguous. Among the topics addressed are the history of the relationship between art and law, the ways in which the visual is made subject to the force of the law, and the complex relations between law, the image, and identity.

With its groundbreaking ideas from a variety of intellectual traditions and disciplines, this book puts law and art into a new and exciting conversation that will introduce a new field of study and spark international debate.

Contributors are: Georges Didi-Huberman, Costas Douzinas, Hal Foster, Peter Goodrich, Piyel Haldar, Martin Jay, Mandy Merck, Lynda Nead, Jonathan Ribner, Katherine Fischer Taylor.


INTRODUCTION Costas Douzinas and Lynda Nead PART I - VISION AND LAW 1. Must Justice Be Blind? The Challenge of Images to the Law Martin Jay 2. Prosopon and Antiprosopon: Prolegomena for a Legal Iconology Costas Douzinas PART II - THE LAW OF IMAGES 3. The Molding Image: Genealogy and the Truth of Resemblance in Pliny's Natural History, Book 35, I-7 Georges Didi-Huberman 4. The Iconography of Nothing: Blank Spaces and the Representation of Law in Edward VI and the Pope Peter Goodrich PART III - THE ART AND ARCHITECTURE OF JUSTICE 5. The Function of the Ornament in Quintilian, Alberti, and Court Architecture Piyel Haldar 6. The Festival of Justice: Paris, 1849 Katherine Fischer Taylor 7. Law and Justice in England and France: The View from Victorian London Jonathan P. Ribner PART IV - OBSCENITY AND ART 8. Bodies of Judgment: Art, Obscenity, and the Connoisseur Lynda Nead 9. "Not in a Public Lavatory but on a Public Stage": The Prosecution of The Romans in Britain Mandy Merck 10. Obscene, Abject, Traumatic Hal Foster Index

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