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Pygmalian and Galatea

  Buy now from allposters.com1890: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

In the ancient Greek myth retold by Ovid, Pygmalian carved a statue that came to life. For Gérôme it became an opportunity to portray a lightly erotic subject in a historic setting, the kind of scene particularly popular with Salon-goers in the late nineteenth century.
 
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