Item Number: 112942
Title: Rechtsidee und Bild : Zur Funktion und Ikonografie der Bilder in Rechtsbüchern vom 9. bis zum 16. Jahrhundert
Author: Hayduk, Hanna Sofia
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Description: Wiesbaden: Reichert, 2011. 24cm., hardcover, 372pp., 112 plates, 82 in color. Summary: Illustrated legal manuscripts are a field of art-historical research that has seen little attention. This study for the first time examines illustrated manuscripts of German-Germanic law from between the 9th and 16th Centuries. The starting point is the Balthasar Behem Code, a magnificent manuscript documenting the laws of Krakow. This code, which is decorated with a series of paintings depicting everyday urban life, was so far only in passing research. This work, however, shows the relationships between images, texts, and the historical circumstances of the manuscript, and thus arrives at a sound interpretation of the images as an allegory of good government. In case studies of other famous books of law, for example the illustrated manuscripts of the Sachsenspiegel (“Saxon Mirror”), but also in previously unpublished materials, the image themes are identified.
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