Who recognizes this fresco?

It has a lot to do with LAW and VIRTUE…(and, at the sides of the door, there are a couple of persons you certainly know!)


4 thoughts on “Who recognizes this fresco?

  1. Flavia Guglielmi says:

    This fresco is “The Cardinal and Theological Virtues” by Raphael and you can find it in the Palazzi Vaticani in Vatican City. I can recognize Triboniano and Giustiniano and Gregorius IX that approves “the Decretali”.

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  2. Federica Rossi says:

    It’s a fresco which is part of the four rooms painted by Raffaello Sanzio within the Vatican Museums. It is called “Virtù Cardinali e Teologali e la Legge”. Upside in the halfmoon are depicted the cardinal virtues, from the left to the right side, Strenght , Prudence and Temperance; the sacred virtues are embodied by the little angels among the feminine figures, representing the values of charity, hope and faith. Downside on the left Tribonian is delivering to Justinian the Digest and on the opposite side Gregory XI is approving the Decretals. These scenes remind to me a symbolic representation of the “two suns theory”: both authorities, imperial and papal, are legitimate, showing the same dignity. Both have to reign keeping in mind the moral and holy values.

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  3. Antonio Belviso says:

    Today we are talking also about a very interesting argument, Film as law. One of the basic cinematographic law is the rule of 180°, a rule used also in comics. Expecially in dialogue scenes, directors use the tecnique of shot reverse shot, showing now the face of one speaker, and then the face of the other one, sometimes showing the other interlocutor seen from the back, but never bypassing the imaginary geometry plane between them, not to confuse the spectator. One of the best known exception is the famous scene of long shot at ground level in the great masterpiece movie “Citizen Kane” by Orson Welles, the great actor and director of which today marks the centenary of the birth.


  4. giulio says:

    The cardinal virtues are personified as three women in a bucolic landscape, and the theological virtues by cupids:

    Fortitude, a woman holding an oak branch, with the branch shaken by the cupid Charity
    Prudence, with two faces, looking in a mirror, with a cupid Hope behind her holding a flaming torch
    Temperance, holding reins in her hand, guarding a cupid Faith, who points at the sky with his right hand
    Another interpretation might see Prudence as holding the reins and Temperance with two faces. Prudence is traditionally called auriga virtutum (the charioteer of the virtues); it guides the other virtues by setting rule and measure and Temperance moderates the attraction of the pleasures of the senses and provides balance in the use of created goods.


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