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The Judgement of Paris
Peter Paul Rubens

Rubens follows the story of the Judgement of Paris as told by Lucian in the 'Judgement of the Goddesses'.

Alterations to this work show that Rubens first painted an earlier moment in the story when Mercury ordered the goddesses to undress; the final stage shows Paris awarding the golden apple to Venus, who stands between Minerva and Juno; Mercury stands behind Paris; above is the Fury, Alecto.

Key facts
Artist Peter Paul Rubens
Artist dates 1577 - 1640
Full title The Judgement of Paris
Date made probably 1632-5
Medium and support Oil on oak
Dimensions 144.8 x 193.7 cm
Acquisition credit Bought, 1844
Inventory number NG194
Location in Gallery Room 18
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