RUBENS, Peter Paul
(b. 1577, Siegen, d. 1640, Antwerpen)
The Judgment of Parisc. 1625
Oil on canvas, 139 x 174 cm
National Gallery, London
The Judgment of Paris (the son of a Trojan king, Priam) is the most popular of all mythological themes in art. The scene depicts the story of his award of the golden apple to Venus in a contest of beauty between her, Juno, and Minerva. Rubens painted several versions of the subject.