What Colors Represent the Seven Deadly Sins?

Colors representing the seven deadly sins are violet for pride, green for envy, red for anger, light blue for sloth, yellow for greed, orange for gluttony, and blue for lust. The seven deadly sins appear in the book “Divine Comedy” by Dante Alighieri, who was born around 1265 and died in 1321.

Dante considered pride the first sin because it led to Lucifer’s downfall. He believed that all other sins derive from pride. Dante described envy as wanting what others have to the point where a person wishes to deprive them of it. Anger, hatred or wrath he believed led to other sins, including revenge, violence and lack of forgiveness. Sloth referred to sadness and apathy, which caused a failure to love God enough and see his goodness and gifts.

Greed, he believed, promoted selfishness and materialism, and blinded a person to the greater rewards of heaven. Gluttony refers to over-consumption, which makes a person a slave to base desires and supersedes a person’s devotion to God. Dante thought lust, like gluttony, could be obsessive and interfere with a person’s religious obligations.

A statue of Dante stands in Florence at the Piazza di Santa Croce. Sandro Botticelli also painted his portrait.