The Judgement of Paris

Paris adjugeant à Venus le prix de la beauté

1544–45
Jean Mignon (French, active in 1535–1556 or 1557), After Luca Penni (Italian, 1500–1556)


Catalogue Raisonné

Zerner 40 Herbet 21 Bartsch 72

Dimensions

Sheet: 31 x 42.9 cm (12 3/16 x 16 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

63.2834

Medium or Technique

Engraving

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

After an enamel by Pierre Reymond. These two versions of the Judgement of Paris [M35557 and 1963.2834] illustrate the essential differences between the Italian and French styles. Marcantonio’s sculptural treatment of figures in space contrasts with the more decorative, linear surface patterns of Mignon. Mantegna was the first Italian painter who extensively used engravers to make prints after his designs. His use of subjects from classical antiquity made these prints popular throughout the Renaissance. His energetic line was admired and emulated by many artists, including the French engraver Jean Duvet.

Markings

Verso, center right, in pen and brown ink -- undeciphered French collector's inscription, dated 1788

Provenance

William Goodwin Russell Allen (b. 1882 - d. 1955), Boston; by inheritance to his niece, Lydia Evans Tunnard (Mrs. Christopher Tunnard, b. 1913 - d. 1980), New Haven, CT; 1963, year-end gift of Mrs. Christopher Tunnard to the MFA. (Accession date: December 30, 1963)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Lydia Evans Tunnard in memory of W. G. Russell Allen