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  • 1. “Three Ladies Adorning the Term of Hymen”by Sir Joshua Reynolds1774
  • 2. Joshua Reynolds,the Outstanding British Artist • Born in Devonshire, England • Possessed an exceptionally strong will, determination to succeed, personal creative power and variety of pictorial invention • Specialized in portraiture, group pictures and historical themes • Brought fresh tendencies to the ceremonial portraiture • Worked mostly with socially prominent people • Became an important influence on his contemporaries
  • 3. “Three Ladies Adorning the Term of Hymen” The Subject Matter• The 3 daughters of Sir Montgomery are depicted draping a garland of flowers on a bust of a Greek god of marriage;• The sisters were famous both as beauties and as amateur actresses;• The portrait was ordered by Luck Gardener, the fiancé of one of the models.
  • 4. The Biggest and Most Ambitious Portrait by Reynolds• A golden opportunity to portray the noble models conforming exactly to his concept of the grand manner was given to Reynolds.• Size: 234 X 291 sm
  • 5. Symbolism of the Images Elisabeth Barbara Montgomery. Montgomery. • is knelt before • a basket full the term of of flowers; Hymen hinting at • the farthest her soon disposition marriage. from Hymen. Ann Townsend The statue of (Montgomery). Hymen. • is depicted on the • holds a torch other side of the symbolizing term due to being conjugal love. already married.
  • 6. The Colour Scale• The prevailing rich warm colours are interrupted by flesh tints of face and arms;• The specifically individual manner to apply colours – life-like portrayal of the figures and the background;• A glorious sense of colour is demonstrated to the onlooker.
  • 7. The Composition• The masterpiece delights the eye by its unity of composition;• The figures are posed against the background of the solemn nature;• The executed models are caught between one movement and the next.
  • 8. The Borrowed Motives• The “ideal” beauty of Greek statues;• The images of the Three Graces;• The Greek mythological theme;• The borrowings from ancient and Renaissance masters are combined skillfully and inserted into the canvas harmonically.
  • 9. Our Impression The group portrait touches deeply because• A vigorous image of the noble sisters is created with great mastery;• The luminous colour scheme produces a rapturous and major effect;• It is clearly seen that the author abandoned himself to inspiration while painting. The portrait captivated our attention at first sight!
  • 10. Reynoldsremarkable, giftedrendered, depicted, conveyed being a master of Portraiture.National Gallery, London