The Perfect Hostesses


Canova worked in the Neoclassical style and the subject of this work goes back to that time as well. It depicts three of the daughters of Zeus who represent the epitome of good hostesses as they were in charge of the gatherings when the gods got together. They make a perfect subject matter as they are beautiful young women and many artists over the centuries have chosen to portray them.


Canova, Three Graces, detail.