Talk:Jean-Antoine Watteau

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Venus or Aphrodite[edit]

This article says that Cythera is the (mythical) birthplace of Venus. The article about Venus does not include this statement. The article about Aphrodite says that Cythera is the birthplace of Aphrodite. so does the article about Cythera. Should we change this article? --Etxrge 08:06, 31 July 2006 (UTC)

Venus is the Roman version of Aphrodite - the article does not need to be changed.DavidCh0 14:26, 8 September 2006 (UTC)

Expelling the commedia players[edit]

Ghirlandajo, in 1697, "at the request of Madame de Maintenon" (Schneider, see article's refs.), the commedia dell'arte players were expelled from France (or at least from its capital!) for their "salaciousness". Schneider shows an engraving after a lost painting by W. portraying their tearful departure. Had they also been expelled from Italy? Plausibly, but I have no references at hand. (In any case what does "Italy" mean? Before 1860, as you certainly know, there was no unified Italy, but a collection of separate states. Were they expelled from each of them?) Please explain reverts on talk page or summary. Nice work on the article, BTW. RodC 00:20, 31 October 2006 (UTC)

I think you are correct. The Cambridge Paperback Guide to Theatre, page 77: "In 1680 the Comedie-Italienne was founded, occupying the Hotel de Bourgogne as a permanent theatre. Expelled in 1697 after a scandal, the company reformed in 1716 - with 11 actors under Luigi Riccoboni." IIRC my source for Italy was the current Britannica article about Watteau. Will check it when I get home. If they indeed state that the players were expelled from Italy, there's a new entry for Wikipedia:Errors in the Encyclopædia Britannica that have been corrected in Wikipedia. Cheers, Ghirla -трёп- 14:32, 31 October 2006 (UTC)
Actually, the Britannica also says the actors were expelled from France. Only my hasty reading is to blame. --Ghirla -трёп- 22:37, 31 October 2006 (UTC)
Pity. I was hoping for a new entry on that page! ;) Cheers. RodC 00:23, 1 November 2006 (UTC)

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