Tazza (footed drinking cup), Paulus Willemsz. van Vianen, 1607
Enraged for not having been invited to a wedding banquet, Discordia (goddess of strife) tosses amidst the guests a golden apple inscribed: ‘To the fairest.’ Juno, Minerva and Venus quarrel over the precious trinket. The gods ask Paris, a mortal, to judge who should have the apple. He awards it to Venus, because she bribed him with the promise of the most beautiful woman on earth. Here, Venus returns the apple to Mercury.