"At the marriage of Peleus and Thetis the Goddess of Discord, not being invited to the entertainment, showed her displeasure by throwing among the gods a golden apple, on which was written the words, detur pulchriori. Juno, Venus and Minerva claimed it as their own; and the gods appointed Paris to adjudge the prize of beauty to the fairest of them. They appeared before him and each tried by promises to influence his judgment. Juno promised him a kingdom, Minerva, military glory, and Venus, the fairest woman in the world, for his wife. Paris at length adjudged the prize to Venus." This superb picture represents Paris presenting the apple to Venus, who is attended by Cupid. [P. 12; the words "detur pulchriori" appear in italics in the catalogue.]
Albany Gallery of the Fine Arts, Incorporated 1846. Catalog of the Fifth Exhibition. 1850. Albany: Printed by Charles Van Benthuysen. 1850.