AbstractThe thesis "Die drei Grazien ? ein Motiv und dessen Bedeutung im Wandel der Zeit" ("The three Graces - a topic and its meaning through the ages") looks into one of the few non-Christian subjects, which the fine arts have dealt with over a long period of time and which therefore has gained great popularity. The Graces have their roots in ancient Greece and the Roman culture and from there they continued to appear over the Renaissance until today. They are not only a topic in the fine arts, but they also found their way into literature, music and, above all, philosophy.The first part of my thesis deals with basic information on the three Graces. I will cover their genealogy, more precisely their origin, their derivation and their naming, and further I will give an overview of the meaning of the three Graces based on different philosophical and art-theoretical publications and interpretative approaches.The second part of my thesis uses selected and important works of art history to discuss the representation of the three Graces. In doing so, I am not focusing on one particular art form but rather using examples from different genres, such as mosaic arts, painting and sculpting, in order to do justice to the extensive importance of this topic. Starting off chronologically with the cult-like worshipping of the Graces in ancient Greece, the section is followed by an attempt to provide an extensive overview of the subsequent eras. I will look into the picturing of the three Charites in great works of art from the Renaissance such as Sandro Botticellis "Primavera", but also in modern works like Robert Delaunay?s orphic paintings. Finally, I will end the discussion in the present time and will try to draw a picture of the possible future representation and iconography of the three Graces.