The Judicial Virtues
It represents, in a general way, the qualities which should preside over a Court of Justice. In the middle, beneath a canopy of crimson and gold brocade, stands Rectitude, with the builder’s triangle and plumb bob. She symbolizes, by her rigidity of attitude, perfect uprightness and even handedness. She is flanked by nude figures of boys bearing tablets with the motto, ‘Fiat Justitia Ruat Coelum’ – ‘Let justice be done though the heavens fall.’
To the right, Learning consults the Book of the Law; but Wisdom, with the mirror, bids her ‘Know thyself.’ To the left is the armed figure of Courage, beyond whom stands Moderation, with the bridle of self-control.