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During my trip to the States I visited a lot of museums and I saw there magnificent works of art from all times sculpture, pai nting, furniture... . I like this photo made in Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. I find it quite amusing. Nudity is forbidden on TE but Three Graces must be nude. Already Pausanias wrote:
"Who it was who first represented the Graces naked, whether in sculpture or in painting, I could not discover. During the earlier period, certainly, sculptors and painters alike represented them draped. [...]; but later artists, I do not know the reason, have changed the way of portraying them. Certainly to-day sculptors and painters represent Graces naked."

In Greek mythology, Charites were the goddesses of charm, beauty, nature, human creativity and fertility. They ordinarily numbered three, from youngest to oldest: Aglaea ("Splendor"), Euphrosyne ("Mirth"), and Thalia ("Good Cheer"). In Roman mythology they were known as the Gratiae, the "Graces".
The Charites were usually considered the daughters of Zeus and Eurynome, though they were also said to be daughters of Dionysus and Aphrodite or of Helios and the naiad Aegle. Other possible names of their mother by Zeus are Eurydome, Eurymedousa, and Euanthe. Homer wrote that they were part of the retinue of Aphrodite. The Charites were also associated with the Greek underworld and the Eleusinian Mysteries.The river Cephissus near Delphi was sacred to them.

I hope you will like it, as I do. it would be fun to give them heads:)

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