Judgement of Paris is an Oil Original painted on pounded copper (not paper) from the 1600's. The original Judgement of Paris by Ruben is in the National Gallery Museum in London. This piece we are auctioning was painted in the 1600s in Antwerp (during the seventeenth century). Although from the experts it is thought Ruben did not paint this Judgement of Paris, one of his collegaues or another notable artist did, such as Willem van Herp, Victor Wolfvoet or Frans Wouters. The documentation on this special piece comes from Southebys and a Rubenarium expert. It is likely this piece was painted for the export market in Spain in the 1600s. If you are interested in more information from the documentation. Please contact us. The story of the Judgement of Paris in brief is in all mankind riches provoke evil discord. Hera, Athena and Aphrodite, Eris (and the apple) and Hermes (and the judgement) and the shepherd have some hidden meaning as the following. Hera is dignity, Athena is manliness, Aphrodite is pleasure, Hermes is language which interprets thought, the shepherd Paris is unreasoned and has brutish passion. Now if, in the prime of life, reasons that shepherd of the soul is brutish, does not regard its own advantage, will have nothing to do with manliness and temperance, he chooses only pleasure and gives the prize to lust alone. He who thus judges incorrectly will choose pleasure to his own destruction and that of his friends. And Eris is a jealous spite and the golden apples of Hesperides are perhaps riches, by which occasionally even temperate persons like Hera are seduced, and manly ones like Athena are made jealous, so that they do things which do not become them and the souls beauty like Aphrodite is destroyed under the guise of refinement.