As the title shows, the sculpture is about Jupiter’s beautiful daughters, the Graces, who act as maidservants to Venus, the goddess of love. This explains the presence of the little Cupid, who is playing the lyre at their feet: Cupid is Venus’s son. The Graces are examining one of Cupid’s arrows: the origin, nature and purpose of love could be the object of the beautiful trio’s considerations.
Executed by Georg Christian Freund under the supervision of H.W. Bissen after the original plaster model 1842, inv.no. A32
The small statue of the Cupid playing the Lyre is also a separate work by Thorvaldsen. Housed at The Statens Museum for Kunst, this sculpture can be downloaded here.