The Goddess Epona in the Spring. Epona is a Celtic Goddess, and helps to manifest dreams. She is most known for being the protector of travel (horses, mules and donkeys). She was the only Celtic Goddess honored by the Romans by having a temple in their capital city.
Venus and Mars is a c. 1483 painting by the Italian Renaissance master Sandro Botticelli. It shows the Roman gods Venus and Mars in an allegory of Beauty and Valour. Venus watches Mars sleep, while two infant satyrs play carrying his armour while another rests under his arm. A fourth blows a conch shell in his ear in an effort to wake him.
These are the aristocratic Montgomery sisters – Barbara, Elizabeth and Anne. Their father was the Irish aristocrat Sir William Montgomery and they were known as the Irish Graces. They are shown gathering flowers to decorate a statue of Hymen, the Roman god of marriage. Reynolds posed them in what he described as ‘a variety of graceful historical attitudes’. These were taken from the work of admired old master painters, such as the seventeenth-century French artist Nicolas Poussin.