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1758
oil on canvas
286 253

A Rococo artist traditionally portrays subject matter based on an ancient Greek myth in a light, slightly frivolous decorative work. In this composition the son of the Trojan king Paris, has to resolve a dispute between three beautiful goddesses, Hera, Athena and Aphrodite. Hermes takes part in a race to Mound Ida where Paris puts his cattle out to pasture. The goddess of love, Aphrodite, hands the young man an apple inscribed with the word the fairest. All the characteristics of this large format canvas are typical of the rococo decorative style paintings which mostly hung in elegant palace interiors. They include the dynamic, diagonal composition and half naked bodies draped in flowing fabrics in bright, eye-catching colours. The flesh coloured tones contrast with the dark green foliage of the landscape which is a backdrop to the action taking place in the foreground. The painting was acquired from the artist by I.I.Shuvalov in Paris and presented to the Academy of Fine Arts.