'The Judgement of Paris', 1825-6
Accession Number LL3588
In handing the apple to Aphrodite, goddess of Love, in preference to her rivals Hera and Athena, Paris sets in train the events that will lead to the Trojan wars. This is one of Etty’s largest and most celebrated history paintings, painted for the 4th Earl of Darnley and exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1826. Etty used as his sources Marcantonio Raimondi’s engraving of Raphael’s Judgement of Paris, and an engraving by John Flaxman from his illustrations to the Iliad.
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'The Judgement of Paris', Marcantonio Raimondi, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
'The Judgement of Paris', John Flaxman, Royal Academy