This week’s classes on “Law and the Visual” will explore the power of images to both shape legal norms and act as a means of enforcing these norms. In the first class we will examine images of infamy supposed to punish a delinquent by visually compromising his likeness. The second class will be devoted to public executions and the use of effigies as substitutes of dead or absent convicts. The third class will consider connections between effigies, portraits and visual representations of the state. By analyzing the forms and contents of these images, we will try to understand how they work on the public and the persons they depict. Contrasting historical with contemporary examples, we will then think about the continuities and changes in the use of legal imagery until today.
Felix Jeager’s CV:
Magister Artium, Medieval History, Art History and Philosophy, Humboldt University of Berlin and University College London, 2014. Currently PhD candidate in History of Art at Humboldt University, supervised by Prof. Horst Bredekamp. Provisional thesis title: “Political Iconology of the Grotesque”. Since May 2014 pre-doctoral fellow of the Minerva Research Group “Nomos of Images. Manifestation and Iconology of Law” at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut.
David Freedberg, The Power of Images. Studies in the History and Theory of Response, Chicago and London, 1991 (1989), pp. 246-282.
Ernst H. Kantorowicz, The King’s Two Bodies. A Study in Medieval Political Theology, Princeton, 1957 (extracts).