Illustrating Justice between Literal Representation and Visual Metaphor


Artists have been representing justice as an abstract concept for long centuries, revealing and interpreting its comprehensive meaning through illustrations, taking different forms: as a visual documentary for a situation though treated as a historical evidence, or visual commentary expressing an opinion and treated like an evidence of a special point of an artist view or just as a kind of evidence in a vivid entertaining way. This paper aims to trace the historical development of artistic depictions illustrating justice through two illustrative styles: First literal representation that depict real conditions with a degree of simplification, abstraction, and idealization including courtroom sketch that convey most directly the personalities and dramatic scenes of the trial work to the general public .Second visual metaphor, including editorial illustrations which may use irony and satire, through idioms and puns to encourage insights, which motivate the reader to think and analyze the drawings that need interaction between these external visual metaphors and his internal knowledge representations to interpret the latent meaning derived from the illustration . Additionally, this paper as an analytical study clarify that illustrating justice through literal representations and visual metaphors shape the reader’s understanding and have significant effect to bring the imaginary picture of justice through choosing the effective compatible illustrative style to transmit the proper concept of the image of justice not only the single vision of the artist.

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Amany Ismail, University of Alexandria, Egypt

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Conference: ECAH2016
Stream: Arts - Visual Arts Practices

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