The Four Cardinal Virtues 

This collection of paintings is inspired by the four cardinal virtues also known as the four principal moral virtues. The English word cardinal comes from the Latin word cardo, which means "hinge." All other virtues hinge on these four: prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance.​ Looking at the broader spectrum of the meaning of each of them I have found a contemporary source of inspiration. The practice and development of the four cardinal virtues may be essential to  improve anyone’s life.  

Prudenza - Prudence

This series of works is inspired by the four Cardinal Virtues.
Prudence is the first of the cardinal virtues and it is often associated with wisdom, insight, and knowledge. Prudence is the ability to look at a concrete situation and know what ought to be done but with regard to appropriate actions, at a given time and place. Although prudence itself does not perform any actions, and is concerned solely with knowledge, all virtues have to be regulated by it.
Original acrylic painting is on cotton canvas - unframed. Finished painting measures 40x40 cm with a wall projection of 4cm.
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Prudenza -Prudence 

© Roberta Pinna - Temperanza Painting - acrylic on stretched cotton canvas

Temperanza - Temperance

This series of works is inspired by the four Cardinal Virtues.

Temperance has been described as a virtue particularly used in the positive psychology movement. In fact, it is typically described in terms of what an individual voluntarily refrains from doing. Temperance is generally defined by control over excess. It is defined as moderation or voluntary self-restraint. Confucius encouraged modesty and self-control for the humane life. In the Analects, speaks of those who “choose to live simply, refrain from self-aggrandizing boasts or extravagance, and place hard work before reward” as virtuous.
Original acrylic painting is on cotton canvas - unframed.  Finished painting measures 40x40 cm with a wall projection of 4cm.
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Temperanza - Temperance

© Roberta Pinna - Giustizia Painting - acrylic on stretched cotton canvas

Giustizia - Justice 

This series of works is inspired by the four Cardinal Virtues.
Justice is the second cardinal virtue that promotes equity with regard to persons and to the common good. Justice seeks to observe the rights of all, in particular, justice seeks the good of others. According to Aristotle, "Justice consists in a certain equality by which the just and definite claim of another, neither more nor less, is satisfied." Justice, then, respects the rights of others, whether those rights are natural or legal.
Original acrylic painting is on cotton canvas - unframed. Finished painting measures 40x40 cm with a wall projection of 4cm.
Price € 2550,00 + Shipping


Giustizia - Justice

©Roberta Pinna - Fortezza Painting - acrylic on stretched cotton canvas

Fortitude - Fortezza

This series of works is inspired by the four Cardinal Virtues.

The virtue of fortitude is commonly called and associated with the concept of courage or bravery. However the virtue Fortitude is always reasoned and reasonable. Those who exercise the Fortitude are willing to put themself in danger if necessary, but they do not seek danger for danger's sake. The virtue of fortitude has two parts: to attack and to endure.  This virtue allows us to maintain our balance in the face of danger and to avoid cowardice. However this virtue prevent us from rashness or recklessness which may involve, imprudently, some kind of danger. Fortitude always serves a higher purpose.

Original acrylic painting is on cotton canvas - unframed.  Finished painting measures 40x40 cm with a wall projection of 4cm.
Price € 2550,00 + Shipping










Fortitude