Drawn by the Brush: Oil Sketches by Peter Paul Rubens
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Myth and Majesty: The Humanistic Tradition
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Peter Paul Rubens
The Three Graces, ca. 1625-28
Oil on panel, 39.9 x 39.9 cm
Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, inv. DPG264

Catalog Entry by Marjorie E. Wieseman

In a landscape setting distinguished by a circular colonnaded temple in the distance at left, three women are linked in a lithe and spontaneous dance. The figure at left holds a tambourine in her upraised left hand, providing rhythm for the dance. Her right arm is grasped by the figure at the center, whose gracefully twisted pose is accentuated by the weightless undulations of the veil encircling her arm and thighs. The central figure's right hand just brushes the hip of the third figure, who gently and affectionately rests her own right hand on her companion's shoulder...

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