The Argo, a fabulously fast ship full of heroes, is at anchor off the coast in a Southern landscape. While the Argonaut Hylas is seeking refreshment at a spring, nymphs pounce on him and kidnap him. The fate of the youth is sealed because Cupid is standing at the ready with his bow and arrow and his torch of passion. Koch places the event from Greek mythology in an idealised landscape. The unity of man and nature, personified by Hylas and the nymphs at the spring, is typical of Classicism; the portrayal of the landscape, by contrast, already points forward to the Romantic Age.