Figure of high quality made in resin with a finish that imitates marble. Reproduction of a museum's piece.
The work of Antonio Canova "The Three Graces" is a neoclassical sculpture group in marble, which represents the three mythological Charites, daughters of Zeus, who represented the beauty, charm and joy. The Graces presided banquets and meetings principally to entertain and delight the guests of the Gods. They are identified in some engravings of the statue as (left to right) Euphrosyne, Aglaea and Thalia. Of The Work of Canova exist two versions: the first, commissioned by Josephine de Beauharnais, wife of Napoleon, is conserved in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg (Russia); the second, commissioned by an English nobleman, the Duke of Bedford, was executed in 1994 and was acquired by two British institutions that expose she alternatively: the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the National Galleries of Scotland.
The Charites in the Greek mythology were the goddesses of the grace, who were associated with Aphrodite. They are the daughters of Zeus and Eurynome, and were called: Euphrosyne ("the Mirth"), Thalia ("the festivity") and Aglaia ("the Shining"). The three Charites or Graces were a favorite subject of visual arts and were often represented unclothed while they were touching or embracing mutually.
In the Roman and Latin mythology the Graces are known under these names: Castitas, Pulchritude y Voluptas, which means as much as the virgin, the wife and the mistress. There are two opposing interpretations:
The First in the Greek mythology they are a triad composed of three aspects of the same attribute;
The Second in the Latin mythology they are a triad, which represents three different archetypes of the woman.