The Judgment of Paris (c. 1635-38) by Peter Paul Rubens

The Judgment of Paris - Rubens, Peter Paul - c

Artwork Information

TitleThe Judgment of Paris
ArtistPeter Paul Rubens
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions139 x 174 cm
Art MovementBaroque
Current LocationNational Gallery, London
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About The Judgment of Paris

The Judgement of Paris’ is a masterpiece of Renaissance art which was painted in c. 1635-38 by Peter Paul Rubens. It depicts a scene from Greek mythology, where Paris is asked to choose the most beautiful goddess – Aphrodite, Athena or Hera. This painting is now on display at the National Gallery of London and has been often replicated over the years.

Peter Paul Rubens was one of the famous masters who created different versions of ‘The Judgement Of Paris’. He used vibrant colors along with figures with voluminous drapery which blended humanism and classical elements beautifully. His painting stands out in its creativity and complexity and demonstrates a mastery both in drawing and composition.

In addition to this masterpiece, Peter Paul Rubens also made another renowned piece called ‘The Four Evangelists’, which he completed in c. 1614. In this painting, he also depicted Biblical scenes from four evangelists – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John – to make important statements about faith and communicated Bible stories visually with oil on canvas. This extraordinary artwork has made Rubens one of the leading figures during the Baroque period in Europe.

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