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Mosaic of the Three Graces

<p>The mosaic of the Three Graces, from the former convent of l&rsquo;Ensenyan&ccedil;a (Barcelona) is dated between the 3rd and 4th centuries AD</p>

The mosaic of the Three Graces, from the former convent of l’Ensenyança (Barcelona) is dated between the 3rd and 4th centuries AD

The Three Graces appear nude against a blue background and a sienna-coloured ground. The central figure has her back to us and her arms, resting on her companions’ shoulders, obscure their breasts. The side figures are holding two roses with stem and leaves.

In classical mythology, the Three Graces or Charites (Euphrosyne, Thalia and Aglaea) represented beauty and happiness and were followers of Apollo or Venus. They are shown with a rose, a branch of myrtle or an apple in their hands, as symbols of artistic inspiration.

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