Art in Detail_Pygmalion and Galatea (Famous Paintings)

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Art in Detail Pygmalion and Galatea (Famous Paintings)

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The story of Pygmalion and Galatea is an enchanting myth about a sculptor who fell in love with his own sculpture. He prays to goddess Aphrodite to bring the sculpture to life for it to be his wife. The goddess grants his wish ... The myth was turned into an erotic novelette when Ovid adapted the story in his Metamorphosis. But even this perfumed version gives away the inconspicuous hope of an artist that his creation might spring to life one day and so been inspiring many since its Ancient Greek origin.

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GÉRÔME, Jean-Léon Pygmalion and Galatea

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GÉRÔME, Jean-Léon Pygmalion and Galatea 1890 Oil on canvas, 88.9 x 68.6 cm Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manhattan, New York City

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PÉCHEUX, Laurent Pygmalion and Galatea

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PÉCHEUX, Laurent Pygmalion and Galatea 1784 Oil on canvas, 132x107 cm The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

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BRONZINO, Agnolo Pygmalion and Galatea

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BRONZINO, Agnolo Pygmalion and Galatea 1529-32 Oil on panel, 81 x 63 cm Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

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LAGRENÉE, Jean-Jacques Pygmalion and his Statue

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LAGRENÉE, Jean-Jacques Pygmalion and his Statue 1777 oil on canvas, 104 x 86 cm Sinebrychoff Art Museum, Helsinki

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Burne-Jones, Edward Pygmalion and the Image

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On the island of Cyprus, womens called Propoetides, rather uppity, they refuse to acknowledge that Aphrodite is a goddess. Aphrodite as punishment it robs them of their sense of shame, and … they begin to prostitute themselves.

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Burne-Jones, Edward Pygmalion and the Image - The Heart Desires 1878 Oil on canvas, 763 x 990 mm Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham

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The sculptor Pygmalion sees these women doing their thing vows to ignore all women forever. Without a girlfriend, Pygmalion has a lot of time, to stave off boredom, makes an ivory statue of his ideal woman.

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Burne-Jones, Edward Pygmalion and the Image - The Hand Refrains 1878 Oil on canvas, 763 x 987 mm Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham

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The brilliant sculptor that he is, Pygmalion produces a statue that is extremely lifelike and super-hot. So hot, actually, that he begins to fall in love with it.

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At the festival in honor of Aphrodite, Pygmalion he prays that the goddess will give him a wife just like his statue. Aphrodite is pretty clever, she knows that Pygmalion just wants his statue to be alive.

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Burne-Jones, Edward Pygmalion and the Image - The Godhead Fires Oil on canvas,1168 x 1437 mm Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham

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Aphrodite discovers that the statue looks just like her, and she's so flattered that she decides to make Pygmalion's wish come true. ... Pygmalion kisses the statue ... instead of being cold and hard, her lips are soft and red!

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Burne-Jones, Edward Pygmalion and the Image - The Soul Attains Oil on canvas, 766 x 994 mm Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham

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