Seven Vices and Seven Virtues
Frescoes by GIOTTO

Among the multi-coloured, painted marble slabs of the dado level, illusionistically depicted niches open up, in which Giotto has painted, as stone statues, the Virtues on one side of the chapel and the Vices on the other.

The canon of principal Christian virtues in the Middle Ages was made up of the three 'theological virtues' faith, hope and charity, and the four 'cardinal virtues', justice, prudence, fortitude and temperance. The cycle of seven virtues, sometimes paired with appropriate vices (not necessarily the seven Deadly Sins) was widely represented in medieval sculpture and fresco, often associated with the Last Judgment, like in the Scrovegni Chapel.

Preview Picture Data File Info Comment
No. 47 The Seven Vices: Desperation
1306
Fresco, 120 x 60 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

751*1400
True Color
142 Kb



No. 48 The Seven Vices: Envy
1306
Fresco, 120 x 55 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

693*1400
True Color
118 Kb



No. 49 The Seven Vices: Infidelity
1306
Fresco, 120 x 55 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

687*1400
True Color
128 Kb



No. 50 The Seven Vices: Injustice
1306
Fresco, 120 x 60 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

776*1400
True Color
154 Kb



No. 51 The Seven Vices: Wrath
1306
Fresco, 120 x 55 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

683*1400
True Color
113 Kb



No. 52 The Seven Vices: Inconstancy
1306
Fresco, 120 x 55 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

667*1400
True Color
114 Kb



No. 53 The Seven Vices: Foolishness
1306
Fresco, 120 x 55 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

611*1400
True Color
111 Kb



No. 46 The Seven Virtues: Hope
1306
Fresco, 120 x 60 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

734*1400
True Color
120 Kb



No. 45 The Seven Virtues: Charity
1306
Fresco, 120 x 55 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

679*1400
True Color
111 Kb



No. 44 The Seven Virtues: Faith
1306
Fresco, 120 x 55 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

663*1400
True Color
112 Kb



No. 43 The Seven Virtues: Justice
1306
Fresco, 120 x 60 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

752*1400
True Color
157 Kb



No. 42 The Seven Virtues: Temperance
1306
Fresco, 120 x 55 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

661*1400
True Color
118 Kb



No. 41 The Seven Virtues: Fortitude
1306
Fresco, 120 x 55 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

733*1400
True Color
107 Kb



No. 40 The Seven Virtues: Prudence
1306
Fresco, 120 x 60 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

849*1400
True Color
148 Kb




Summary of paintings by Giotto
Frescoes in San Francesco, Assisi
Upper Church: Legend of St Francis | New Testament scenes | Lower Church
Frescoes in Arena Chapel, Padua
Life of Joachim | Life of Virgin | Life of Christ | Angels | Heads
Last Judgment | Heads
Vault frescoes | Virtues and Vices | Decorative elements
Frescoes in Santa Croce, Florence
Frescoes in Peruzzi Chapel | Frescoes in Bardi Chapel
Panel paintings
Crucifix | Maestà and others | Polyptych panels | Stefaneschi Altarpiece | Baroncelli Polyptych
Miscellaneous works
Navicella mosaic | Campanile of the Florence Cathedral