IMAGO IUSTITIAE | Justice through the Centuries: Masterpieces on Display at the Correr Museum

Justice in Art: Iconography and History of a Multifaceted Concept

The exhibition “Justice in Art” explores the theme of Justice iconography, delving into its multifaceted aspects and its representation throughout different historical periods in art. Justice is depicted as both the embodiment of moral virtue and as action aimed at achieving its purpose. The exhibition showcases artworks representing the allegory of Justice as a virtue, as well as some of the most well-known episodes of manifest action, such as the Judgment of Solomon or the Last Judgment.

The Traditional Iconography of Justice

In traditional iconography, Justice is often portrayed with the scales, an ancient symbol of her role in balancing the just and the unjust. Over time, other attributes have been added, such as the sword, as a warning of her power to punish the wicked, the lion, representing strength, and the blindfold, signifying impartiality.

Sections of the Exhibition: From Antiquity to the Modern Age

Divided into six sections, the exhibition displays archaeological artifacts, coins, and medals (sections I-II) that trace the genesis of the allegorical figure of Justice from the dawn of civilizations to the modern age. Artworks created by important artists from the Middle Ages to the 20th century (sections II-III) illustrate its iconography, presenting Justice as a semigoddess, Virtue, and Personification and Allegory of the city of Venice.

Justice: Recognizable through Her Attributes

In section III, Justice’s attributes and companions make her unmistakable and recognizable. The exhibition then explores the places of worship and the houses of Justice, such as the Palaces of the modern age, adorned with artworks by great artists celebrating this concept (section IV).

Fighting Against the Death Penalty: The Role of Cesare Beccaria

The figure of Cesare Beccaria sums up the actions and ideas of intellectuals, jurists, and writers who have advocated for the abolition of the death penalty (section V).

Acts and Protagonists of Justice: Heroes, Saints, and Practical Scenes

The journey concludes with a series of scenes depicting acts and protagonists of Justice, immortalized as heroes and saints. Large paintings will impress upon the visitors the leitmotif of the exhibition, providing a comprehensive and captivating view of the theme. Among others, works by illustrious artists such as Guercino, Andrea Del Sarto, Martini, Nani, Reni, Sansovino, Vasari, Maccari, and an engraving by Raphael will be on display. Additionally, three works by contemporary artists – Ai Weiwei, Kendell Geers, Koen Vanmechelen – provided by the Berengo Foundation, will create unique suggestions, showcasing the versatile role of glass as a conceptual interpreter.

Promoters and Organizers of the Event

The exhibition is promoted by the Municipality of Venice, represented by Mayor Luigi Brugnaro, and was conceived and organized by the European Center for Tourism and Culture of Rome, chaired by Giuseppe Lepore, in collaboration with the Civic Museums Foundation of Venice, chaired by Mariacristina Gribaudi. The Interregional Command of Northeast Italy of the Guardia di Finanza, led by Lieutenant General Carmine Lopez, oversaw the institutional aspects related to the planning, programming, and organization of the event.

The exhibition will be open to the public until September 3rd.

Opening hours: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM (last entry at 5:00 PM)

Extended opening hours: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM (last entry at 10:00 PM) every Friday and Saturday, August 14th and 15th, until September 30th

Ticket prices (museum entrance): 30 € (full), 15 € (reduced)

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IMAGO IUSTITIAE | Justice through the Centuries: Masterpieces on Display at the Correr Museum


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