- Address: 18 Akkerdal Avenue
Newlands, Cape Town, 7708
- Tel: +27 (0)21 671 9429
Mobile: +27 (0)82 332 5448
GRACING THE ENTRANCE to Lavender House B&B
If you look closely at the photograph of the entrance of Lavender House B&B, you may recognize a copy of one of the Renaissance’s most recognisable masterpieces, The Three Graces. This copy, in stone, is set in the wall alongside the pedestrian gate.
"The Three Graces" are also known as "The Virtues" or “The Dance of Spring". Many artists and sculptors have portrayed these over the centuries, but the one gracing our doorstep is copied from Botticelli’s Primavera. In Greek mythology the three graces are the three goddesses of joy, charm and beauty. They were named Aglaia (splendour), Euphrosyne (mirth) and Thalia (good cheer).
The graces are also known as Faith, Hope and Love.
Their dance depicted is both human and divine. It is a symbol of unity, a visual representation of the principle of three being united in one. Their hands entwined, one bestows a favour, another receives it and the third returns it.
They therefore represent the Creation (creation, sustenance and dissolution). Interesting things to ponder …
In their simplest form, the Graces represent gratitude.
The Graces were in place when I came to Lavender House eight years ago now. They offer a wonderful benediction to all – upon welcome, during residence and upon departure.
Stop and take a look next time you visit.