The Trojan prince Paris had to award a golden apple inscribed with the words ‘to the fairest’ to the most beautiful of the three Olympian goddesses parading before him.
As a bribe Hera, mother of the gods and queen of heaven, offered him power over the whole world; the virgin warrior Athena offered wisdom and military success. Aphrodite, the goddess of love, offered another man’s wife, the most beautiful woman in the world, Helen of Sparta.
Paris chose Helen and caused the Trojan War.
The original for comparison with Eleanor Antin’s wonderful mischievous piece. Check out her glorious work at the Feldman Gallery