Friday, June 11, 2010

Myths and Legends: Pygmalion and the Statue.

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

Pygmalion, disgusted by the women around him, decided to sculpt a perfect woman... and he fell in love with the sculpture. Venus, the goddess of love, turned the statue into a woman, much to Pygmalion's delight; you can see him kissing the newly awakened statue in this painting by Jean Léon Gérôme. The story is told most famously by Ovid in his Metamophoses.

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