The Judgment of Paris is a mythological scene. The goddess of discord Eris, offended by the fact that she was not invited to the wedding feast of Peleus and Thetis, decided to take revenge on the gods and threw an apple with the inscription "Most Beautiful" to the feasting. Immediately between the three goddesses: the wife of Zeus Héra, the warrior Athena and the goddess of love Aphrodite - a dispute arose: to whom rightly belongs the apple? The goddesses turned to Zeus, but he refused to be a judge. Zeus gave the apple to Hermes and ordered to take the goddesses in the vicinity of Troy to the beautiful son of the king of Troy, Paris, who must choose the most beautiful of the three goddesses. Each of them began to convince Paris to give the apple to her, promising the young man great rewards. Hera promised Paris power over all Asia, Athena - military victories and glory. Paris gave the apple to Aphrodite, who promised to reward him with the love of any woman he chose.
Cornelis Mahu (1613-16 November 1689) Flemish painter, author of still lifes, genre paintings and sea landscapes.
The author shows a very high level of skill in his composition, conveying to people the message about Vanitas (the futility of being, vanity) so characteristic of northern European still lifes of that time. Since 1638, the owner of the famous Guild of St. Luke. He trained many young artists, including the prominent Flemish painter Gaspar Peeter Verbruggen.
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