Tin-glazed earthenware with gold lustre (maiolica)
Diameter: 44.8 cm (17 5/8 in.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1945.2
In Greek mythology, the three graces represent the daughters of Zeus who embodied charm, beauty, and creativity.
During the Renaissance, an understanding of classical antiquity was perceived to be a sign of social, intellectual, and economic distinction. Scenes from Greco-Roman mythology were prominently featured on maiolica, covering the surface in a style called istoriato (decorated with stories). This depiction of the three graces was likely based on an engraving by the Renaissance printmaker, Marcantonio Raimondi.
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