The painting is usually called “The embarkation for Cythera”. Cythera is the island of Aphrodite,
where mortals may experience true love.
However, Waldemar Januszczak, whose programme on the Baroque introduced me to this, believes that the beautiful ones are leaving the island-
where the Cupids disport themselves. He argues this because of the woman in the centre, on the hillock, who looks longingly back towards
Pictures from Wikimedia, where you can use Flash to explore the painting in even greater detail.