"The Three Graces illustrates Canova's outstanding ability to transform cold hard marble into soft lustrous skin."
I stood and wondered at it.
White hard stone.
Cold, dead, no form to attract, no wonder at how beautiful it was.
Then the hands of the master.
Taking away what was not needed.
Smoothing out, chiselling away, till finally laid bare the wonder that we see.
Gently touching, hand to face, cheek to forehead, skin to skin.
Head resting softly, serenely, full of contentment and peace.
Legs bent slightly, backs twisted but smooth and inviting
Inviting touch, taste, smell, kisses, worship.
All this from stone and chisel and the eye of a master.
Put this in my inner eye, carry the feeling of tranquillity and solace, of sensual beauty and gentle love away from the room where silent feet tread to the heart of a busy disturbing world.
And let the disturbance settle, let it be ridden over by the image of those beautiful three women embracing for eternity....