About this artwork

By showing these Newcastle girls next to Antonio Canova's three graces, Jane Brettle wants to challenge our notions of femininity. We can't help asking a set of complementary questions: Is spotless marble more appealing than the skin of ordinary women? Do the perfect bodies of the graces have any character at all compared to the three girls whose strong individuality the photographer captures so well? How can three completely naked bodies say so little about women, and three casually dressed girls tell so much?

  • title:
    Fahima, Katy, Clare : Newcastle, 1999; The Three Graces : Le Grazie, Antonio Canova, 1815 - 17 : the National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh 1999 from the series 'Restoration Works'
  • accession number:
    PGP 278.1
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  • materials:
    Digitally altered colour photograph
  • date created:
    2000
  • measurements:
    88.00 x 204.00 cm (framed: 114.00 x 228.00 x 5.50 cm)
  • credit line:
    Purchased 2001
  • copyright:
    © Jane Brettle

Jane Brettle

Jane Brettle