Saturday, July 24, 2010

Stories from the Catacombs: The Golden Mean (Four Cardinal Virtues)


This accordion shaped piece touches on the pursuit of balance and harmony. The four cardinal virtues – Prudence, Justice, Temperance, and Fortitude- are often depicted as female allegorical figures in funerary sculpture. The English word cardinal comes from the Latin word cardo, which means "hinge." – All other virtues hinge upon these four virtues. The Golden Mean is considered the desired midpoint between the extremes of excess and deficiency in achieving virtue.

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