In 1635 Flemish Peter Paul Rubens painted The Three Graces or, in Greek, Charites who were goddesses of beauty and creativity and are often referred to and depicted in classical art. Here Rubens paints his typically Amazonian figures’ nudes with arms linked in a dance in a grotto that opens out onto an expansive and fertile landscape.
Above is a garland of flowers and to the side a fountain which together symbolize plenty, with the dance of the goddesses providing good fortune. The painting remained in the possession of the artist until his death.
Peter Paul Rubens’s The Three Graces is now in the Museo del Prado in Madrid, Spain