Drawing the Court Contest

An open contest for artists, illustrators and cartoonists specialized in the genre courtroom sketches. This genre  sketches first emerged in France, in the mid 19th century, and then quickly spread to other countries, including Russia. The history of Russian law would not be complete without drawings by Pavel Pyasetsky and Vladimir Makovsky best know for their “March 1” Group Trial, sketches from the Beilis Trial and the Kukryniksy group’s graphic series “Accusation” created after the Nuremberg Trial. There are moments when a single drawing made in a courtroom can tell us more about prosecutors, lawyers, judges and other parties of a process better than scores of photographs.

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