Wednesday, 3 June 2015

The three graces in three centuries

 Story of the three graces

The Three Graces were minor goddesses and nymphs and according to Greek Mythology were the daughters of Zeus, the king of the gods and the Oceanid called Eurynome a nymph of the water-ways and clouds, who was represented by a statue of what we would call a mermaid.
A different story is that Helios and the naiad Aegle were the parents of the Charities. The Three Graces were reputed to be the essence of beauty, charm, and grace and were closely associated with the Nine Muses who presided and inspired song, dance, music, poetry and the sciences. They were regarded as the inspirers of the qualities which give attractiveness to wisdom, love, culture and social interaction. The names of the Three Graces were Aglaia, Thalia, and Euphrosyne.

Allegory of Spring

Primavera, also known as Allegory of Spring, is a painting by Italian Renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli. Painted ca. 1482, it displays the three graces to the left from the middle of the painting. It is one of the most famous paintings in the world.Since 1919 the painting has been part of the collection of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy.


 At least as wonderful are these three graces by 
The three women in the painting may represent stages of development of woman, with the girded figure on the left representing the maiden (Chastitas) and the woman to the right maturity (Voluptas). Notice how we use the English word voluptuous in a different meaning and not according to the Latin original: the right maturity.


The last one (today at least) is by Peter Paul Rubens, the famous Flemish painter. It was painted 150 years later and it is now at the Royal Alcazar of Madrid. I just love the softness of Rubens painting, the expressions, the erotic display of the naked body. Aglaia, Thalia, and Euphrosyne, according to Rubens. (Rubens made more paintings of the three graces, but this one I like best).


  1. Besides the beautiful paintings, I love Rubens nudes because his ladies look like what I see in the mirror. lol

    1. Then you are very beautiful, Sunny Girl.


    2. I have nothing to add Appy, well said.

      Thank you both to take the time to read it,

  2. Thank you for sharing the different stories of the three graces. I like all the paintings but have to agree with Sunny...Rubens is more realistic to me.

    Hugs and blessings...Cat

    1. I love the Rubens paintings the best as well, Cat.

      Thank you for taking the time to read it,


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