Giotto in Padua: A New Geography of the Human Soul

The Journal of Ethics 9 (3-4):551-572 (2005)


In the Arena Chapel in Padua, Giotto painted seven allegorical representations of virtues and seven allegorical representations of vices. This article probes the sources for the list of virtues and the list of vices. The ensemble of virtues can be located in St. Thomas Aquinas; the ensemble of the vices, however, is original. The result is a new account of vices that displaces the odler account of the “seven deadly sins.”.

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Douglas Lackey
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