|12" h Bonded Stone and Polyresin, Hand-finished|
Louvre Museum, Paris Greece, c. 100 B.C.
The three Graces are the beautiful sister Goddesses who attended Aphrodite, the Goddess of love, and were personifications of Olympus. Their names, number and parentage vary, but they are generally said to be three sisters named Euphrosyne, who represented jollity, Thallia identified with abundance, and Aglaea, a representation of splendor. They are daughters of Zeus and Eurynome or Hera. The three Graces profoundly influenced artists throughout the ages. They were depicted in sculpture and vase paintings by the ancient Greeks, in Roman wall paintings at Pompeii, in Botticelli's allegorical painting known as Springtime, and in a marble statue carved by Canova. In art, they are frequently represented as naked girls with their hands on each other's shoulders, the two outer figures looking one way and the middle one looking the other.