Embarkation for the Island of Cythera
was given by N.H. Tardieu, who in 1733 engraved the Charlottenburg version of the painting. The original title, under which the canvas entered in the Academy register is Pilgrimage to the Island of Cythera
. The subject of the travel to the temple of Love, which was on the island of Cythera, was very popular in Watteau’s time, there were plays, verses and other paintings devoted to it. See: Jean-Antoine Watteau. Embarkation for Cythera.