In modernity, as sovereignty becomes dispersed and the law acquires a relative autonomy from political power, these tasks have been gradually and partially transferred to the legal institution and art. The sublime feeling replaces the awe created in front of the divine image and, the law, the legal form of absolute command, becomes the guarantor of individuality and freedom, in other words of the process of subjectivation. While laws, rules and regulations proliferate and affect every aspect of social relations, the law of law is absent. We are surrounded by laws but we do not know where the Law is. The function of dividing and bonding signs and things is now carried out by the legal institution. The final stake in the war of images is the validation, valorisation or idealisation of particular representations or imagistic and semiotic constructions over against others which are devalued, banned or excluded.
‘Law and the Image’