Inspired by Nicola da Urbino’s maiolica plate, the painting depicts a scene from The Judgement of Paris, one of the best-known Greek myths. The scene shows Paris, a Trojan shepherd awarding a golden apple to the most beautiful goddess. Athena offers Paris victory in war. Hera offers to make Paris the ruler of the world. However, Aphrodite, accompanied by Cupid, is proposed as the most beautiful woman in the world and awarded the apple. Aphrodite leads Paris to Helen of Sparta, which later precipitates the Trojan War. Pacheco’s approach to the motive removes itself from the initial narrative, focusing instead through depiction on the sexualization of the body, emphasized by its pose and its context, where a group of anonymous men surrounds it. The image’s tension translates itself into the violence of the Trojan War, which the painting anticipates.