Courage for Salvation, Love, and Beauty:

‘Courage, Anxiety, and Despair: Watching the Battle’


A repeated theme throughout art history is the Three Graces. The Three Graces were goddesses from Greek mythology. Initially, they were goddesses of nature, but later, they attended Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. They were usually three in number and represented charm, beauty, and human creativity.


The Three Graces dealt with matters of love and beauty, but what about other human experiences such as courage and fear? Are there three representations that deal with those matters? James Sant’s painting “Courage, Anxiety, and Despair: Watching the Battle,” seems to do exactly that.


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