Tabula Picta

    Tabula Picta

    Painting and Writing in Medieval Law

    Marta Madero

    Pennsylvania University Press 2010

    Hardback 152pp

    9780812241860   Product Code: 11814

    Who is the owner of a painting - the owner of the wooden tablet, or the artist who painted it? What about texts written on parchment? These questions were much debated by jurists in the later Middle Ages, when distinctions between the materiality of the object and the intrinsic nature of intellectual productions were first elaborated. Madero examines the extensive glosses and commentaries in which legal thinkers sought to establish subtle distinctions and taxonomies through which proprietary rights could be granted.

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