The Judgement of Paris, Simonet (1904); At the marriage of Peleus & Thetis, an uninvited Eris (goddess of discord) arrived with a golden apple inscribed "for the fairest" which Aphrodite, Hera, & Athena all claimed to be. The goddesses let Paris decide. The naked goddesses appeared before Paris but he couldn't decide. Hera offered control of Asia & Europe. Athena offered wisdom, fame & glory. Aphrodite offered the most beautiful mortal woman (Helen) in the world as a wife, so he chose her.
The Judgement of Paris 1645-46 - Claude Lorrain (Gellee) - www.claudelorrain.org
Artwork by Peter Paul Rubens, THE JUDGEMENT OF PARIS, Made of Oil on canvas
The three goddesses, Athene, Hera and Aphrodite, present themselves to Paris in the contest for the golden apple. The shepherd prince sits on a rock surrounded by his hounds and sheep. Beside him stands the god Hermes, and above him, on a rock, a tiny winged Nike (Victory). The three goddesses stand together in a group, each bearing a sceptre or spear. Athene wears a helm, and Hera a crown. Aphrodite (centre) is accompanied by her winged son Eros, who stands on a plinth above her head.
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