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The Judgment of Paris

The Judgment of Paris

1602

Joachim Anthoniz Wtewael

(Dutch, 1566-1638)

Oil on copper

Framed: 25.5 x 30.5 x 3 cm (10 1/16 x 12 x 1 3/16 in.); Unframed: 15.4 x 20.5 cm (6 1/16 x 8 1/16 in.)

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund 1984.14

Fun Fact

The artist dated and signed this work on a rock at the bottom right of the painting.

Description

The Trojan prince Paris was asked to determine which goddess was the most beautiful. Hera (tothe left of the group) offered him political power, and Athena (seen from the back), military prowess, but Paris awarded the golden apple to Venus, the goddess of love, who promised him Helen, the most beautiful mortal in the world.

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