I took an 18th century art course about two years ago and it really helped me appreciate most traditional classical type of paintings. This particular painting, is one of my favorites and I found a cool video explaining the hidden symbolisms. It’s quite interesting how a painting can mask sexual tensions. For some reason I feel like this painting was more personal to the artist than what paintings were to artists back in the Enlightment period.
Nathalie Djurberg does a video in reference to this painting:
The Swing, 2005
Video (color, sound), Ed. 4/4
Duration: 5 min. 35 sec.