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The Graces

In the ancient culture of Greece, among a myriad of gods and goddesses, it was believed that three young women called 'the charities' guided the positive elements of human nature. The women, sometimes described as the daughters of Zeus or Dionysus, were named Aglaea – meaning Splendor, Euphrosyne — Mirth, and Thalia — Good Cheer and together they were the sponsors of charm, beauty, nature, creativity, and fertility. When Roman culture subsumed the Greek city-states, the charities were adopted as The Graces, and the goddesses lived on. They would reappear in the Italian Renaissance, with the popularity of allegorical paintings and the rediscovery of classical Roman myth, and continue to be a popular subject through the modern era.

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The Three Graces

The Three Graces

200 CE
Mars Disarmed by Venus and the Three Graces

Mars Disarmed by Venus and the Three Graces

Jacques-Louis David1822-1824
The Three Graces

The Three Graces

Marie Bracquemond1880
The Three Graces

The Three Graces

Marie Laurencin1921

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