Symbols of Law

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The architect and artists who designed the Supreme Court Building and its sculptural elements were students of the Beaux-Arts tradition, a movement developed in France in the 19th century that stressed the use of historic design elements. One principle of the Beaux-Arts philosophy is that the function of a building should be recognizable in its architecture and decorative detail. Several traditional legal symbols are therefore found in the architecture of the building. The four examples that follow are the most prevalent. #pdf

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