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Jupiter sent Strife, in the person of Eris,
to the wedding of Peleus and Thetis (right background),
causing a quarrel between Juno, Minerva and Venus as to who was the most beautiful.
Mercury brought the Goddesses to the shepherd Paris to judge between them.
His award of the golden apple to Venus led to the the Trojan war.
Paris is seated in the center with Mercury behind him.
Minerva, with helmet and spears, stands to the right, Juno to the left.
Painted by Wtewael (1615)
London, The National Gallery
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