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Pygmalion and Galatea

Artist:
Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon)
Date:
modeled 1889, executed ca. 1908–9
Culture:
French
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
Overall: 38 1/4 × 35 × 30 in. (97.2 × 88.9 × 76.2 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Thomas F. Ryan, in memory of William M. Laffan, 1910
Accession Number:
10.31
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.
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