6 ago. 2018

La ‘vocación’ artística del Derecho

Call for Justice: Art and Law in the Low Countries (1450-1650)
Samuel Mareel, Manfred Sellink (et al)
Veurne: Hannibal, 2018, 240 pp. illus.
ISBN: 9789492677440
This book highlights the rich and fascinating interaction between art, the practice of law and the idea of justice in the territories governed by the Great Council of Mechelen when at the height of its powers. Works of art from the Burgundian Low Countries dating from the mid-fifteenth to mid-seventeenth century are situated within the turbulent legal, political and cultural context in which they were created: the unification of the Netherlands, the increasingly absolutist administration of Emperor Charles V, the Reformation and the uprising against Spain. Call for Justice reveals how these artworks make visible, and in a powerful way, one of the most universal of all human desires: the pursuit of justice. Including prestigious masterpieces by, amongst others, Quinten Matsys, Maarten van Heemskerck, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Maarten de Vos, Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony van Dyck and Philippe de Champaigne.


A. Verscuren, The Great Council of Mechelen as Sedes Justitiae? The law and the administration of justice in the Burgundian-Habsburg Netherlands

V. Hayaert, In the Orbit of Lady Justice

S. Mareel, Mirrors of Justice - Justice panels in the Netherlands

G. Martyn, Jurists - Bad Christians? Men of the law in paintings of the early modern period

C. Behrmann, At the Throne of Judgment - Scenes of Martyrdom and gestures of legal decisión

V. Paumen, A blindfold as blindness to the truth

M. Desmet, Margaret of Austria - pious and just

S. Suykens, Justitia as an ancient monument

S. Suykens, Righteousness and peace have kissed

M. Neerman, The painter's truth; M. Sellink, Justice begins with self-knowledge and compassion

S. Huygebaert, Justice according to a Jesuit economist

N. van Hout, Paying the price - biblical morality as guidance for aldermen and kings

E. Vandeweghe, Divine promises for a just society

A. Harth, "Off with her head! Off with…"

J. Buskirk, A Tribune of injustice

P. de Win, An execution of mythical proportions - Egmont and Horn as victims of political repression under the Duke of Alba

A. Harth, False judges and abominable misjudgment

J. Dewulf, Indians are people too - justice and injustice in the New World

D. Zumaya, Religion is being crushed - The Duke of Alba and allegories of injustice

S. Huygebaert, Christ convicted, here and now
S. Bussels, Injustice as propaganda

V. Paumen, Whosoever sees gold gleaming in the courtroom shall encounter hell's mouth after the judgment

V. Paumen, Murder in the name of justice sanctioned by God

P. de Win, Of procurators and lawyers - Support in the quest for justice?

E. Vandeweghe, The incorruptible judge

M. Sellink, The law aims to correct those it punishes

P. de Win, A high court for the Netherlands

E. van Binnebeke, Group portrait with Lady Justice

S. Bussels, Justice as a storm
S. van de Meerendonk, A gruesome example.


Adquirí semanas atrás un ejemplar de la presente obra, resultado de la Exposición que realizada en el Museum Hof van Busleyden de Mechelen (Bélgica) y Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten de Amberes entre el 23 de marzo y 24 de junio padsado bajo el título de Roep om Rechtvaardigheid (La llamada de la Justicia/A call for Justice) organizó hasta 73 ejemplos de relación entre arte y justicia en obras artísticas holandesas pactóricas y gráficas durante el período comprendido entre 1450 y 1650. La exposición forma parte de un elogiable proyecto interdisciplnar –Justice in Motion en el que han intervenido los alumnos del último año académico en Ciencias humanas del Busleyden Atheneum – Campus Pitzenburg.

Aunque contiene referencia a obras que, en general, ya son bien conocidas por otras muestras museísticas nacionales ofrece, no obstante, ampliación de algunos detalles cuyo tratamiento ha sido menos frecuente y, desde luego, permite sugestivas reflexiones –laterales o en paralelo– a partir de la historia del Derecho europeo y los estudios avanzados sobre iconografía.

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