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I was intrigued to see Philip Greenspun's image of the 'Three Graces' statue (a reproduction) at the Hearst Castle in San Simeon in California. And his own rendition of the same statue using live models. I trust that the visitor will find both images similarly interesting.

Philip's San Simeon image can be found here.

I tried to learn more about the 'Three Graces' and find that throughout history, from the times of the ancient Greeks, through Roman & Renaissance Art to the present day, the name 'Three Graces' has been applied to a multitude of different pieces of art. The 'graces' are frequently represented as naked girls with their hands on each others' shoulders. The earliest would seem to be the ancient Greek plaster relief illustrated centre below (dating from C 323-146 BC, it is located in the Louvre, in Paris). The three Graces it would seem are the sister Goddesses who attended Aphrodite, the Goddess of love & are generally said to be three sisters named Euphrosyne (who represented joy or jollity), Thallia (who represented fruitfulness or abundance), & Aglaia (who represented radiance or splendour). I am not sure which is which! They are daughters of Zeus & Eurynome or Hera.

But it is the magnificent marble statue (left below) by sculptor Antonio Canova (1757-1822) which is the inspiration for the Hearst reproduction. The original statue normally is to be seen in the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh, Scotland. But when this page was first created, the statue was, so far as I then could see, on display in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Today? On the right is an image of the Scottish gallery with the Canova original when it was on display there.

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