posted on Feb, 26 2012 @ 10:18 AM
OK, I spend hours trying to find what it's all about this wonderful piece of Master Art, and here are my thoughts:
1- This is a representation of the "Three Graces" Cameo, The Greek goddesses Euphrosyne, Aglaia, and Thalia, representative of gentleness and
2- There are many representation of the Graces, (see here
), however, none fits their exact respective
positions in Copperhead's object.
3- Here's what we can learn from Cameo techniques back to the three last centuries:
The technique has since enjoyed periodic revivals, notably in the early Renaissance, and again in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Neoclassical
revival began in France with Napoleon's support of the glyptic arts, and even his coronation crown was decorated with cameos.
In Britain, this revival first occurred during King George III's reign, and his granddaughter, Queen Victoria, was a major proponent of the cameo
trend, to the extent that they would become mass produced by the second half of the 19th century.