The Embarkation for Cythera, Jean-Antoine Watteau
Jean-Antoine Watteau
The Embarkation for Cythera
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Jean-Antoine Watteau: Einschiffung nach Kythera (2. Fassung), 1717, Öl auf Leinwand, 129 × 194 cm, Inv. Nr. 8525, Musée du Louvre, Paris

Jean-Antoine Watteau: Einschiffung nach Kythera (3. Fassung), 1718, Öl auf Leinwand, 130 × 192 cm, Schloss Charlottenburg, Berlin

Jean-Antoine Watteau

The Embarkation for Cythera, ca. 1709 – 1710


Dimensions
44.3 x 54.4 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
2150
Acquisition
Acquired in 1982 with funds provided by Städel Museum, the State of Hesse, the city of Frankfurt am Main, and the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V. Joint Property of the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Status
On display

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About the Work

It was Watteau, the painter of the French Rococo’s ‘fêtes galantes’, who executed this work. Etchings record the contemporary title as ‘Ile de Cythère’ (Island of Cythera). Greek mythology’s island of love is visible in the background, which is populated by innumerable cupids. On our side of the water, a company of young ladies and gentlemen in festive attire has gathered to board the gondola and head for the isle of love. The luminous colours testify to the influence Venetian painting had on Watteau.

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  • Kunst|Stück – Jean-Antoine Watteau: Die Einschiffung nach Kythera
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Title
The Embarkation for Cythera
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Physical Description
Oil on canvas
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Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Acquired in 1982 with funds provided by Städel Museum, the State of Hesse, the city of Frankfurt am Main, and the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V. Joint Property of the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

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  • Florence Dancourt: Die drei Cousinen, Lustspiel, Uraufführung 1700 in Paris

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  • 33C941 embarkation for Cythera
  • 11Q62 pilgrimage, pilgrim(s) under way
  • 25HH landscapes - HH - ideal landscapes
  • 92D1916 cupids: 'amores', 'amoretti', 'putti'
Secondary
  • 46AA63 meeting, assembly - AA - in the open air
  • 33C relations between the sexes

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06.08.2019