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Artist: Workshop of Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640)
Alternative names: Rubens, Pierre Paul Rubens, Pieter Paul Rubens, Sir Peter Paul Rubens
Flemish painter, sculptor, draughtsman and printmaker
Alternative names: Jan Bruegel (II), Jan Brueghel (II), Jan Brueghel the Younger
Flemish painter and draughtsman
Work location: Italy (1622-August 1625), Antwerp (1625-1678)
Title: The Three Graces
Description: The three Graces, some sort of goddesses of joy, were the daughters of Zeus and Eurynome in Greek mythology. They were a common artistic motif and Rubens—one of the Baroque’s most illustrious painters—returned to it several times. Here the Graces lift a basket of flowers in a combined effort. The artist doesn’t, however, concentrate on the mythological narrative but on rendering the shapes and movements of the female bodies. The naked skin appears warm and alive before the viewer’s eyes.
Date: from circa 1620 until 1625
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Height: 111 cm (43.7 in). Width: 64 cm (25.2 in).
Framed: Height: 135 cm (53.1 in). Width: 90 cm (35.4 in). Depth: 13 cm (5.1 in).