RAIMONDI, Marcantonio
(b. ca. 1480, Bologna, d. ca. 1534, Bologna)

The Judgment of Paris

Engraving, 298 x 442 mm
British Museum, London

Marcantonio Raimondi contributed greatly to Raphael's fame by engraving many of his paintings. A drawing mentioned by Vasari, and now lost, was the basis for the engraving. It shows Paris, King Priam's son, giving the prize of the golden apple to Aphrodite as the most beautiful goddess.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 3 minutes):
Cristoph Willibald Gluck: Paride ed Elena, Paris' aria