A highly desirable Salvador Dali etching with hand colouring from his Mythologie Suite depicting the classical story of the Judgement of Paris. It is signed in pencil and inscribed 'E.A.', an artist's proof aside from the edition of 150. Printed on Rives paper by Ateliers Rigal, it was published by Mourlot, Paris in 1971. Field 66
The classical Greek story of the Judgement of Paris essentially derives from when Zeus commanded Paris of Troy to officiate over who was the most attractive goddess - Aphrodite, Hera or Athena. The three goddesses appeared before the shepherd prince, each offering him gifts for favour. He chose Aphrodite, swayed by her promise to bestow upon him Helen of Sparta, the most beautiful woman in the world, as his wife. The subsequent abduction of Helen led directly to the Trojan War and the fall of the city. The subject became popular in art from the Middle Ages onwards, where the three goddesses were usually depicted nude. The scene has been composed by the renaissance great Raphael, by the baroque artist Rubens and purportedly by Lucas Cranach the Elder on no less than 23 occasions.
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