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Ignace-Henri-Théodore Fantin-Latour, The Judgement of Paris

Key facts
Full title The Judgement of Paris
Artist Ignace-Henri-Théodore Fantin-Latour
Artist dates 1836 - 1904
Date made about 1863
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 22.9 × 27.9 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit On loan from Tate: Bequeathed by Hans Velten 1931
Inventory number L705
Location Not on display
Image copyright On loan from Tate: Bequeathed by Hans Velten 1931, © 2000 Tate
Collection Main Collection
The Judgement of Paris
Ignace-Henri-Théodore Fantin-Latour

The subject is taken from classical mythology. Paris is seated in the foreground holding in his hand the golden apple which he is to present to the fairest of the three goddesses Juno, Minerva and Venus. Juno can be seen in the background, while Minerva stands behind Paris on the right and Venus is on the left, facing him.

For a long time this oil sketch remained in the artist's studio. In 1890 Fantin-Latour produced a pastel and in 1903 a second oil painting which were based on this sketch. The pastel was exhibited at the Salon of 1890.

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