Truth, Carrying a Torch, and Justice, Carrying a Sword, Pursue a Person Who Has Violated the Moral Law

In this case, committing a murder:

 

The painting, by the way, is part of the Getty Museum’s permanent collection. It’s titled, “Justice and Divine Vengeance Pursuing Crime”. I snapped the above image of it this weekend, while in Westwood. The painter’s name is Pierre Prudhon, and he made the painting in the first decade of the 1800s. What the Getty Museum website says about the painting is here.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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2 Responses to Truth, Carrying a Torch, and Justice, Carrying a Sword, Pursue a Person Who Has Violated the Moral Law

  1. andrewclunn says:

    An excellent painting. It’s didactically and aesthetically pleasing at the same time.

  2. santitafarella says:

    Andrew:

    I can’t help but also think of the Furies in the Oresteia and Cain and Abel in the Bible. The painting resonates on a lot of levels.

    —Santi

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