The Three Graces
The Three Graces
Raphael (Italian, High Renaissance, 1483-1520): The Three Graces, 1504-05. Oil on panel, 17 x 17 cm. Musée Condé, Chantilly, France.

'The Kharites (Charites) or Graces, were the three goddesses of grace, beauty, adornment, mirth, festivity, dance and song. A number of "younger Kharites" presided over the other pleasures of life, including play, amusement, banqueting, floral decoration, happiness, rest and relaxation.'

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Raphael, Michelangelo, and Leonardo da Vinci are considered "the great trinity of master painters of the High Renaissance period."