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
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.