David Spear


Gallery : Mythology

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The Judgement of Paris
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The Judgement of Paris
Year: 2003
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 36" x 72"
During a wedding ceremony attended by the gods Eris (strife) threw down a golden apple that was inscribed with "for the fairest." Three goddesses tried to claim this prize for beauty: Aphrodite, Athena and Hera. None of the three would budge on her self-proclaimation of beauty, so Zeus decided a judge should be called on to settle the dispute. He instructed Hermes to lead the three goddesses to Paris, the handsome son of the king of Troy, who was chosen to pick a winner.

He had trouble deciding between the three, so each of the godesses tried to bribe him. Athensa offered wisdom, Hera offered power, and Aphridite offered him the hand of Helen, the most beautiful mortal woman in the world. Paris fell in love with Helen and awarded the golden apple to Aphrodite.
Helen was already married to the king of Sparta, Menelaus, but Aphrodite cast her magic on Helen and made her fall in love with Paris. Paris, with the help of Aphrodite, kidnapped Helen and this was the cause of the Trojan War

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15" x 30" $350
Edition of 200
sign and numbered giclee print on canvas
  • 15" x 30" $350.00