48.000 x 60.000 inches
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Three Graces Detail
Painting - Oi On Canvas
The goddesses of joy, charm, and beauty are known as the Three Graces. The daughters of the god Zeus and the nymph Eurynome, they were named Aglaia (Splendor), Euphrosyne (Mirth), and Thalia (Good Cheer). The Graces presided over banquets, dances, and all other pleasurable social events, and brought joy and goodwill to both gods and mortals. They were the special attendants of the divinities of love, Aphrodite and Eros, and together with companions, the Muses, they sang to the gods on Mount Olympus, and danced to beautiful music that the god Apollo made upon his lyre. In some legends Aglaia was wed to Hephaestus, the craftsman among the gods. Their marriage explains the traditional association of the Graces with the arts; like the Muses, they were believed to endow artists and poets with the ability to create beautiful works of art. The Graces were rarely treated as individuals, but always together as a kind of triple embodiment of grace and beauty. In art they are usually represented as lithe young maidens, dancing in a circle.
Antonio Canovas statue The Three Graces is a Neoclassical sculpture. The sculpting process began in 1814 and was completed in 1817. John Russell, the 6th Duke of Bedford, commissioned a version of the now famous work. He had previously visited Canova in his studio in Rome in 1814 and had been immensely impressed by a carving of the Graces the sculptor had made for the Empress Josephine. When the Empress died in May of the same year he immediately offered to purchase the completed piece, but was unsuccessful as Josephineâ€™s son claimed it and it can now be found in the Hermitage Museum.
From left to right, Euphrosyne( Mirth ), Aglaea (Splendor ) and Thalia ( Good Cheer) .
September 7th, 2012
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