My version of Three Graces is still a project, but I hope to turn it into an interpretation of the wonderful little Pala (17x17cm) by Raffaello Sanzio, painted in 1500, located at Condé Museum in Chantilly. For now I’m taking notes on historical data and curiosity.
The first depictions of the Three Graces date back to Greek civilization. Unfortunately, there has not been much of that work (only Roman copies). In any case, all the Romanesque depictions (bas-reliefs, frescoes, mosaics) resemble Hellenistic iconography in which the three nude women are so arranged that the central one is seen from behind and the others are side by side with symmetrical postures.
I was inspired by the great Raffaello, Sanzio because in a few centimeters he managed to give his Graces, a mixture of Ancient Symbols, Sensuality and Beauty. The most beautiful message is that of the Pomi of the Hessis that give Immortality and Knowledge.
By cutting the fruits in two, you can see a Pentagram, drawn by the same arrangement of the seeds. The Pentagram is the traditional symbol of knowledge. Maybe I have a clue as the why Apple used chewed apple as icon…!
The Hesperides are figures of Greek mythology, which had a wonderful garden where they had the task of guarding the precious tree that gave golden apples. Unlike the the three Graces, the Hesperites were dressed and connected to the sunset and to a magical mystery.
I found this information on Wikipedia, on Didatticamente and Memoria di sè. If you also have interesting informations about meaning of the Three Graces, please write it down here, I would be very grateful.
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