Gift of Thomas F. Ryan, in memory of William M. Laffan, 1910
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 800
Book X of Ovid's Metamorphoses relates the story of the misogynist Pygmalion, who falls in love with an ivory statue of a maiden he himself has carved. The goddess Venus transforms the figure into living flesh, and Pygmalion marries the perfect maiden, Galatea. Rodin's sculpture depicts the moment when the sculptor sees the first stirrings of life in his creation.