The Embarkation for Cythera
The Embarkation for Cythera is a french Rococo painting by Jean-Antoine Watteau. The painting represents a large gathering of couples, with cupids flying about and pushing the couples closer together. The painting highly celebrates love, with cupids being representative of love, as well as the statue in the painting of Venus being the goddess of love. Art historians recognize the island these people are on as the island of Cythera, the supposed birthplace of Venus. This painting shows the Rococo style in all its glory, with its bright colors and its subject matter.
Why This Artwork?
This artwork was chosen to show one of the more recognized Rococo paintings of this time. This painting it also important because of the culture during this time being show, especially the frivolity of the nobility in France.