Exhibition: Le droit en images: faire rire, découvrir et apprendre

Event

Gelber Law Library 3660 rue Peel, Montreal, QC, H3A 1W9, CA

Images and law – these two words, probably bring to mind copyright law or cultural property law. However, the connection between law and visual art is more complex and manifold: hand-drawn sketches are still used to illustrate trials unraveling in courtrooms; lawyers are a favourite and easy target for cartoonists around the globe; while legal books, law firms, and law libraries are filled with the stern looking portraits of be-wigged and be-robed judges and barristers.

Le droit en images: faire rire, découvrir et apprendre illustrates yet another facet of the relationship between law and an image: the use of visuals in legal books to illustrate, explain, and discuss law and legal concepts. This tradition dates back to the early days of legal literature, with the lavishly illuminated manuscript of Sachsenspiegel being one of the most known examples.

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