Cranach - The Judgement of Paris
The Judgement of Paris
Workshop Lucas Cranach the Elder
Museum zu Allerheiligen Schaffhausen
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The Judgement of Paris[Cat. Schaffhausen 1989, No. 18]
Workshop Lucas Cranach the Elder [Dieter Koepplin, oral information May 15, 1988] [1] [1] according to Cat. Schaffhausen 2010, 28-29; 102
Wolfgang Krodel the Elder [Werner Schade, oral information June 18, 1988] [1] [1] according to Cat. Schaffhausen 1989, No. 18
Lucas Cranach the Elder [Cat. Schaffhausen 1985, 8]
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about 1525[Cat. Schaffhausen 1989, No. 18]
about 1520[Cat. Schaffhausen 1985, 8-9]
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Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerPeyersche Tobias Stimmer-Stiftung, Schaffhausen
RepositoryMuseum zu Allerheiligen Schaffhausen
Dimensions of support: 59.7 x 39.5 cm [Cat. Schaffhausen 1989, No. 18]
Painting on wood [Cat. Schaffhausen 1989, No. 18]
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Paper on verso: 'Lucas Kranach' [Cat. Schaffhausen 2010, 28-29, 102]
According to classical mythology the goddess of Discord inscribed the words 'the most beautiful' on an apple and initiated an argument amongst the goddesses. Not even Jupiter, the father of the gods, was willing to settle it. Instead he sent his messenger Mercury to the Trojan prince Paris. He should choose between the disputing goddesses. They in turn solicited his affection with their promises: Juno offered him power, Minerva promised him wisdom and Venus offered him the most beautiful woman in the world. Paris gave the apple to Venus who helped him to kidnap the married woman Helen, an act that started the Trojan war. Cranach represented this moralistic subject in the present by showing the figures in 16th century dress to illustrate the consequences of every decision. [Herrschaft, cda 2015]
- private collection, Germany
- 1949 art sale Fehse & Peyer, Basel
- 1949 purchased by Peyersche Tobias Stimmer-Stiftung

[Cat. Schaffhausen 2010, 28-29, 102]
- Gent 1955, No. 37
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Cat. Schaffhausen 201013, 27-29, 102
Sandner 1998 B89
Sturzenegger-Stiftung 1998p. 10
Cat. Schaffhausen 199814
Grütter 1990
Cat. Schaffhausen 198957, 284
Lang, Rapp, Jezler 19858
Sigerist 1967
Exhib. Cat. Gent 1955 A11937