Annotation: Myra with Juno, Venus, Minerva at the Getty Center

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Annotation: Myra with Juno, Venus, Minerva at the Getty Center, July 7, 2017: (impromptu i-Phone “photoshoot” at the Getty Center)

Information from getty.edu 
Title: Venus
Artist/Maker:Joseph Nollekens (English, 1737 – 1823)
Culture:English
Place:England (Place created)
Date:1773
Medium:Marble
Dimensions:
124 × 50.8 × 50.8 cm (48 13/16 × 20 × 20 in.)
Title: Juno
Artist/Maker: Joseph Nollekens (English, 1737 – 1823)
Culture: English
Place: England (Place created)
Date: 1776
Medium: Marble
Dimensions: 139.1 cm (54 3/4 in.)
Title: Minerva
Artist/Maker: Joseph Nollekens (English, 1737 – 1823)
Culture: English
Place: England (Place created)
Date:1775
Medium: Marble
Dimensions: 144 cm (56 11/16 in.)
From getty.edu , written by Anne-Lise Desmas: “Who’s the fairest, Venus, Minerva, or Juno? The contest is happening at the Getty Center, in the galleries of the West Pavilion, through an unprecedented display mixing antiquities with 18th-century sculptures.
“The contest all started because Jupiter did not invite the goddess of discord, Eris, to the wedding banquet he organized for Peleus and Thetis (but frankly, who would have?). Offended, Eris invited herself to the feast, and cast a golden apple marked “to the fairest” among the assembled goddesses. Immediately, three of them laid claim to the fruit: Venus, Juno, and Minerva. Jupiter was asked to mediate, but couldn’t do much—after all, Juno was his wife!
“Hoping to avoid a quarrel, Jupiter decided that the young shepherd Paris, prince of Troja (Troy), would decide. When brought in front of Paris, the three goddesses did their best to gain the shepherd’s preference. Paris eventually gave the apple to Venus, who had promised him as a reward Helen, the most beautiful mortal woman. But when Paris took Helen, the tragic war between the Trojans and the Greeks broke out.”

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