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<nettime> Emblem for the International Criminal Court: Iustitiae Languor
Tjebbe van Tijen on Tue, 2 Aug 2011 18:11:12 +0200 (CEST)


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<nettime> Emblem for the International Criminal Court: Iustitiae Languor


Emblem for the International Criminal Court: Iustitiae Languor

August 2, 2011 by Tjebbe van Tijen

The illustrated version with a link to the emblem source can be found at

http://limpingmessenger.wordpress.com/2011/08/02/emblem-for-the-international-criminal-court-iustitiae-languor/

[tableau with 17th century emblem and picture of the International criminal Court in The Hague]

Iustitiae Languor/Justice Falls Down:


Indictment for Gaddafi but not (yet) for Assad makes one wonder and the symbol of Justitia as an impartial being came to mind and it made me  search in one of the emblemata databases for the word ‘justice’, this one popped up and though made in the 17th century it is still fitting four centuries later, where the geo-political situation in the world often gets out of control, like an unbridled horse.

The emblem book (*) has the old German text on the facing page and it reads:

motto (de)
Gerechtigkeit gehet zu Grundt.
subscriptio (de)

GLeich wie ein wildes/ freches Pferdt
Stelt sich die Welt jetzundt auff Erdt/
Das wildt Pferdt leydet kein Gebiß/
Die welt die leydet kein Verdrieß/
Doch haßts vnd scheucht insonderheit/
Der Gesetz Recht vnd Gerechtigkeit.

A quick rendering of the somewhat obscure German – with an eye to the Latin – could read in English:

Like an untamed horse
The world puts itself on earth
A wild horse not bridled by a bit
A world not guided by remorse
But hating and dossing off especially
Law, righteousness and judiciary.

——–

(*) Proscenium vitæ humanæ siue Emblematvm Secvlarivm, Ivcvndissima, & artificiosissima varietate Vitæ Hvmanæ & seculi huius deprauati mores, ac studia peruersissima. Versibvs Latinis, Germanicis, Gallicis & Belgicis ita adumbrantium … (1627, Frankfurt)



Tjebbe van Tijen
Imaginary Museum Projects
Dramatizing Historical Information
http://imaginarymuseum.org
web-blog: The Limping Messenger
http://limpingmessenger.wordpress.com/


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