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  • 1. “ Three Ladies Adorning the Term of Hymen” by Sir Joshua Reynolds 1774
  • 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
    • 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.
  • 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. Reynolds remarkable, gifted rendered, depicted, conveyed being a master of Portraiture. National Gallery, London