In this painting, two shepherds have fallen in love. Chloe rests her head on Daphnis’s knees as he fashions a flower wreath for her.
The artist draws from his knowledge of ancient art to depict the clothing on these characters from an ancient Greek epic. He also creates an idyllic landscape, reflecting the Europen admiration for the ancient world.
The painter celebrates Odiot’s accomplishments by including the silversmith’s drawings and finshed metalwork in the portrait. One drawing includes an inscription stating that Odiot worked for the French royal family.
In the cases to either side of the portrait are serving pieces produced by Odiot and his workshop. The pieces are part of a set acquired by a Russian prince.
Odiot specialized in the neoclassical style, characterized by streamlined forms. In these ojects, notice the clean lines and ornamental motifs such as leaf patterns that were borrowed from ancient Greek archictecture.