CORNELIS VAN HAARLEM
(b. 1562, Haarlem, d. 1638, Haarlem)
The Wedding of Peleus and Thetis (detail)1593
Oil on canvas
Frans Halsmuseum, Haarlem
At the wedding of the sea-goddess Thetis and the human Peleus, all the gods were invited except Eris, the goddess of discord. In revenge she threw a golden apple (of discord) "for the most beautiful" of the goddesses present. The shepherd Paris was asked to choose among them.