De redenaar van George Minne | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 25, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 1566-7146
  • E-ISSN: 2667-1611



A preliminary examination of the bronze sculpture, De redenaar (), created by Ghent sculptor George Minne (1866-1941), inevitably draws attention to the unusual pose of the male figure. Upon closer inspection, reveals a profound sense of introspection – a recurring theme in Minne’s . While the sculpture shares resemblances with a lawyer, the question of whether it effectively represents a legal professional remains unanswered, despite certain indications that suggest a portrayal of a legal practitioner. It is noteworthy that the creation of this work followed a period during which progressive artists and lawyers maintained close ties in their shared efforts to modernize and humanize Belgian society. A more in-depth exploration into the meaning of leads the author to the conclusion that it symbolizes the processes of introspection and contemplation, coupled with persuasiveness. In this sense, it at least constitutes a significant source of inspiration for jurists.


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