Francesco Furini

Three Graces

Three Graces
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Author: Francesco Furini
Painting, Oil on canvas, 226x176 cm
Origin: Italy, Circa 1633

Furini's large canvas with its three naked female figures effectively set off against a dark background is typical of his work. His paintings enjoyed great popularity thanks to his skill in conveying the soft plascticity and the warm colours of the female body. This picture has almost no subject, we can but vaguely see the outlines of a landscape, and even the head of one of the heroines is deep in shade. Thus the viewer's attention is involuntarily concentrated on the beautiful body of each of the Three Graces. The daughters of Zeus and Eurynome , the Graces were the embodiment of beauty and joy. Later, in Roman mythology, they were seen as the three essences of Venus. The theme of the Three Graces became popular in Italian art in the second half of the 15th century.

Personage: The Graces
Source of entry: Yusupov Palace Museum, Leningrad, 1926
Theme: Religion and Mythology of Antiquity

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