The Judgement of Paris

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 dates
1577 - 1640
Full title
The Judgement of Paris
Date made
probably 1632-5
Medium and support
Oil on oak
144.8 x 193.7 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1844
Inventory number
Location in Gallery