Pygmalion and Galatea  1890

by Jean-Léon Gérôme

Between 1890 and 1892, Gérôme made both painted and sculpted variations on the theme of Pygmalion and Galatea, the tale recounted in Ovid’s Metamorphoses. All depict the moment when the sculpture of Galatea was brought to life by the goddess Venus, in fulfillment of Pygmalion’s wish for a wife as beautiful as the sculpture he created. This is one of three known versions in...
35 x 27 in. (88.9 x 68.6 cm)
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art