Genre & Material
Where can I find this in Berlin?
Courting couples in magnificent Rococo garments are getting ready to set out or are expectantly boarding the ship waiting below the embankment. They are surrounded by fluttering cupids. The destination of the ship’s journey is the Greek Cythera, an authentic island south of the Peloponnese, which is considered the island of love. The Roman Goddess of Love Venus, known in Greek as Aphrodite, is believed to have been born from the foam here off the Cytherian coast, similar to Cyprus. As such, she is represented here as a statue, on the right of the picture we see her in an emotional stance. In comparison to the two other works of Watteaus with the same title, the Berlin painting is probably the liveliest. Even Venus, who was painted as a still image in the second version of “The Embarkation for Cythera”, seems to be wanting to step off her pedestal to persuade the last waverers of the temptations of the destination, with the help of the cupids.
ART@Berlin: Antoine Watteau – Embarkation to Kythera