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Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Pygmalion and Galatea

Signed lower center Jean Léone Gérôme, 1890
Pygmalian and Galatea
oil on canvas/huile sur toile
35 x 27 in (87.5 x 68.6 cm)
Signed right center 1875
French Orientalist

The story of Pygmalion and Galatea, from Wikipedia:Pygmalion was a lonely Cypriot sculptor who carved a woman out of ivory. According to Ovid he is 'not interested in women', but his statue is so realistic that he falls in love with it. He offers the statue presents and eventually prays to Aphrodite the goddess of beauty and love. Aphrodite takes pity on him and brings the statue to life. They marry and have a son, Paphos.
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