Elizabeth I and the Three Goddesses, attributed to Hans Eworth, 1569
This allegorical painting uses mythology to illustrate the beauty, intelligence, and sovereignty of the young Queen Elizabeth. In Elizabeth I and the Three Goddesses the story of The Judgement of Paris is turned upsidown. Paris, who was sent to chose among Juno, Venus, and Minerva, ultimately leading to the Trojan War, is replaced with Elizabeth who outshines all three goddesses with her crown and orb. The message is clear; after the chaotic reign of Mary I there will be peace.