The Three Graces in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sept. 2007

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    Marble Statue of the Three Graces
    Roman, Imperial period, 2nd century AD
    Copy of a Greek work of the 2nd century BC

    On loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Accession # L. 1992.56.1

    These young girls, linked in a dance-like pose, represent The Three Graces: Aglaia (Beauty), Euphrosyne (Mirth), and Thalia (Abundance). They bestow what is most pleasurable and beneficent in nature and society: fertility and growth, beauty in the arts, harmonious reciprocity between men. They enjoyed venerable cults in Greece and Asia Minor. In mythology, they play an attendant role, gracing festivals and organizing dances. Their closest connection is with Aphrodite, whom they serve as handmaidens. This carefully calculated, frieze-like composition is typical of classicizing art of the first and second centuries BC. Instantly recognizable, it soon became the canonic formula for representing the Graces, who appeared in every medium and on every kind of object, from mirrors to sarcophagi.

    Text from the Metropolitan Museum of Art label.

    DGVAS, flashtuchka, artistic goddess, and 41 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. elliott2008 78 months ago | reply

      Nowwhere is there a detailed description of this work. Where it was found, in what condition. How it came to the Met. (One can find only a description of its mythological background

    2. Joe Geranio 77 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Julio Claudian Art, Roman Portraiture and Coins, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

    3. ElissaSCA 72 months ago | reply

      Elliott: I just added the description found on the label for the sculpture at the Museum. It's not owned by the Metropolitan, but by a private collector who is allowing it to be displayed at the Museum for a certain (unknown) amount of time.

    4. barly_roy_red,, 72 months ago | reply

      superb shot.
      so much history goes with this ,,,

      Your sculpture is a masterpiece!

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    5. mansapura 72 months ago | reply

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      Your sculpture is a masterpiece!

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    6. marthinotf 69 months ago | reply

      Atrayente y perfecta esculturas de las tres gracias !!!
      Saludos cordiales y te señalo como contacto amigo

    7. janthepea 63 months ago | reply

      I think the MET would love this photo to be added to this group:

      You might want to pick up 5 pics and win the contest.

    8. janthepea 63 months ago | reply

      I would like to friendly compete with you since we obviously share passion for Art:-)

      MET - Three Graces - 2

    9. MWCinCT 55 months ago | reply

      This is an excellent museum photograph. Great work.

    10. lou benne 53 months ago | reply

      beau cliché de cette sculpture

    11. donsutherland1 25 months ago | reply

      FYI, the sculpture was recently purchased by the Met.

    12. xavi_NowINikon 19 months ago | reply

      Fantastic series of photos, thank you for sharing!!!

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