The court of Paris, Lucas Kranach the Elder, around 1528

The court of Paris, Lucas Kranach the Elder, around 1528
The court of Paris, Lucas Kranach the Elder, around 1528 - 1

  • Posted by Lucas Kranach Sr
  • Museum: Metropolitan Museum
  • Year: Around 1528

Overview of the painting :

The court of Paris is Lucas Kranach the Elder. Around 1528. Wood, butter. 101.9×71.1

   The picture of Lucas Kranakh the Elder (1472-1553), the artist of the Northern Renaissance, is based on the plot of how the Trojan Tsarevich Paris chooses the most beautiful of the goddesses. However, the artist was not based on the Greek myth, but on its processing, presented in the novel “Troi’s History” by Guido de Colonnay. This 13th-century Italian writer Paris has a royal son who, lost his way in the forest, fell asleep under a tree and saw in a dream three goddess beauties who appeared to him – Geru, Athena and Aphrodite and the god Hermes, who invited him to commit his judgment and give the apple to the winner.

   At Kranakh, Paris is depicted as a knight in armor, in front of which are three goddesses, naked, with flexible bodies. The shade of courtesism, which is carried by all the works of the master, is expressed here as the very interpretation of the plot – the knight and ladies, as well as the gestures of the characters. The bright cold-willed paints and carefully written parts common for Kranakh give a canvas of decorativeness.