LADY JUSTICE AND THE ARCHANGEL: THE LIKENESS OF JUSTICE IN HEAVEN AND EARTH

  • Edina Eszenyi HEI Pegaso International

Abstract

Sword and the scales in the hands identify the personification of justice, be it heavenly or profane. The representative of divine justice in Christian art is Saint Michael, the Archangel, while the representative of justice in profane legal contexts is the figure of Iustitia. The two figures rarely ever appear in the same context. Despite the almost identical artistic depictions, their association with the common attributes is based on contrasting, if not opposite, concepts. The article discusses the iconography of the two figures from a comparative perspective and ponders the role of attributes in the reading of their images. Is the message conveyed by the attribute or by the representative person in the case of common attributes? How much can an angel and a personification be regarded as persons at all? What chains the figures to the concept of justice, and to what extent can their artistic attributes entitle the bearers to the concept they represent? Through the examination of diverting associations conceived by strikingly similar compositions, the article explores the meeting points and diversions of Justice in heaven and on earth.

Published
2022-12-27
How to Cite
Eszenyi, E. (2022). LADY JUSTICE AND THE ARCHANGEL: THE LIKENESS OF JUSTICE IN HEAVEN AND EARTH. HUMANITIES AND RIGHTS GLOBAL NETWORK JOURNAL, 4(2). https://doi.org/10.24861/2675-1038.v4i2.90
Section
Dossier Art and Law - Special Editor: Georges MARTYN