Saturday, January 2, 2010

Myths and Legends: Pygmalion

Venus and Pygmalion's Statue. To find out more about Pygmalion and his statue, see this Wikipedia article: link; for information about the image: image source.

The artist Pygmalion has, naturally enough, been a great source of inspiration for artists over the years. In this painting by Sir Edward Burne-Jones you see an especially fantastic moment in the story, when the goddess Venus, on the left, brings Pygmalion's statue to life, on the right. This is just one in a series of paintings which Burne-Jones devoted to the Pygmalion story; this particular painting is called "The Godhead Fires." You can read a brief essay about the four paintings in Burne-Jones' Pygmalion series at The Victorian Web.

The first painting in the series is called "The Heart Desires."

The second painting is "The Hand Refrains."

The third painting is today's image, "The Godhead Fires."

The final painting in the series is "The Soul Attains."

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