The educational potential of images is certainly the most significant of their various capabilities. Legal experience in all its forms also envisages the use of images on the part of powers for the purpose of leading, orienting and educating those whom they target. The author analyses the educational function of images of justice depicted in sixteenth-century public buildings in many European territories, where judges were gaining increasing autonomy from their respective sovereigns, thus triggering a process of their socio-professional definition. This process led to the formation of a judicial power separate from the political power. Even though these images’ educational function became a thing of the past with the rise of the rule of law, the question is raised of whether they still retain any eloquence on the scene of justice today. Today’s transformation of justice into a public spectacle may offer food for thought in this respect.
Keywords: Images, Justice, Courtrooms, Public education