The Three Graces – James Pradier

The Three Graces, sculpture by James Pradier

The Three Graces, sculpture by James Pradier

They are named Aglaea, Euphrosyne, and Thalia or more commonly “The Three Graces” in Greek mythology. Daughters of Zeus and Eurynome, they symbolize respectively beauty, joy, and fertility.

Minor goddesses, they were considered by Homer handmaidens of Aphrodite, the goddess of love. They were represented in Art by numerous sculptors and painters throughout history, among them Raphael, Botticelli and Rubens.

This marble sculpture by Jean-Jacques Pradier, known as James Pradier is found in the Louvre museum.