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    • “ Three Ladies Adorning the Term of Hymen” by Sir Joshua Reynolds 1774
    • 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
    • “ 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.
    • 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
    • Symbolism of the Images
      • Barbara Montgomery.
      • a basket full of flowers;
      • the farthest disposition from Hymen.
      • Elisabeth Montgomery.
      • is knelt before the term of Hymen hinting at her soon marriage.
      • Ann Townsend (Montgomery).
      • is depicted on the other side of the term due to being already married.
      • The statue of Hymen.
      • holds a torch symbolizing conjugal love.
    • 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.
    • 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 .
    • 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.
    • 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!
    • Reynolds remarkable, gifted rendered, depicted, conveyed being a master of Portraiture. National Gallery, London