The Judgement of Paris

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.

Key facts

Artist dates
1836 - 1904
Full title
The Judgement of Paris
Date made
about 1863
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
22.9 x 27.9 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
On loan from Tate: Bequeathed by Hans Velten 1931
Inventory number
Location in Gallery