Antonio Canova's The Three Graces (1817) although in fact this isn't quite the right one, because Canova actually sculpted two versions. This one, which is in the Hermitage in St Petersburg (one of the most amazing places in the world - you have to go there a minimum of twice: once to gaze in amazement at the building itself and the second time to notice that it happens to have one of the world's greatest collections of art hanging on the walls and dotted around the rooms), and another, commissioned by the Duke of Bedford because he liked the first so much, which now spends half its time in the National Galleries of Scotland, and half in the V&A.
So, living quite close to Edinburgh, we've been lucky enough to see that version quite a few times. And when I visited it recently with a friend, I was struck again by how beautiful they are, these three sisters.
A bit like this:
The Three Disgraces (2010)
When I started doing these Digitally re:Masterpieces posts I meant to do one every month and I hoped that other people would join in... I'm still hoping for the latter, although I've failed on the former. Do join in, and link to your post here:
Oh, and as a side thought, one of the reasons I have not posted this before is because I worried it was inappropriate to put this picture out on the net. Is it? What do people think?
Three Graces picture taken by Mark Thorpe and found on Wikimedia Commons. Thank you.