“Judgment of Paris” by Louis Grell 1937 oil on canvas
Greek mythology told us that the love between Paris and Helen provoked the downfall of the city of Troy.
Pariscthe Trojan prince Paris was asked to decide which of three goddesses – Hera, Athena and Aphrodite – is the fairest. He made a lot of thinking but at the end he proclaimed Aphrodite is the fairest because under the table Aphrodite promised him the most beautiful woman in the world.
The most beautiful woman was Helen of Sparta who, however, was married to King Menelaus. A few years later, Paris went to Sparta and took Helen to Troy by which he triggered the Trojan War. Paris was mortally wounded during the fall of Troy, while Helen returned to her husband in Sparta.