October 25, 2022

OCT 25, mythed opportunities: Galatea (and Pygmalion)


GALATEA ("My Fair Lady")

There's a sculptor from old Nicosia,

Whose kits you can buy at Ikea.

That instills a new life

In your fetish or wife

(Help from Venus worth mention).

Pygmalion's invention:

Animation for nymph Galatea.
Dr G.H. and Giorgio Coniglio, 2022

Authors' Note: The ancient Greek myth about the Cypriot sculptor Pygmalion was recounted by the Roman poet Ovid in his epic work "Metamorphoses" in 8CE. The name of Pygmalion's self-crafted ivory love-object was not recorded until French romanticists picked up the issue in the 19th century. In 1871, the British comic playwright W.S. Gilbert composed a modernized spoof in blank verse, "Pygmalion and Galatea", that became a successful hit, as did "Pygmalion", George Bernard Shaw's theatrical contribution, and its musical and cinematic adaptations known as "My Fair Lady".

 

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