Visual Art

Anatomy of a Painting

A Guided Tour of Cranach the Elder's The Judgment of Paris

Who painted it: Lucas Cranach the Elder made this spectacular little comedy in the 16th century. It’s titled The Judgment of Paris, and it’s one of a dozen versions he made of the scene.

What it depicts: Paris, the Trojan asleep on the left, has been assigned by Zeus to judge the beauty of three goddesses. According to the myth, Aphrodite cheats, bribing him with Helen of Sparta and launching the Trojan War.

Where you can see it: It’s in the permanent collection at Seattle Art Museum. You can visit it anytime. recommended

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A larger resolution image would be nice for us online people.
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