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".
The illustration is taken from a drawing by Gerome done in preparation for his iconic painting "Pygmalion and Galatea"
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