Pigmalione e Galatee by Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson
Pigmalione e Galatee by Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson

Pigmalione e Galatee

Pigmalione e Galatee c1819 by French Painter Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson (1767 – 1824); who was a student of Jacques-Louis David and was part of the early Romantic Movement. He is noted for his clear and precise style and for the paintings of the Napoleonic family.

This is a beautiful Romantic Period piece of Greek Mythological Tale of Pygmalion et Galatee; Pygmalion is a Cypriot King and Sculptor who having given up on women because of the faults that were natural to them, focused his attention on sculpting.

Then upon creating an ivory statue of untold beauty and perfection, he falls in love with his creation and wishes for a bride that would be the living likeness of his beautiful statue after making offerings at the altar of the Greek Goddess Aphrodite.

Aphrodite grants him his wish and transforms his beautiful ivory statue into a beautiful living woman, whom he marries with the blessing of Aphrodite.

In this painting we see Pygmalion dressed in a red robe with gold accent borders and a floral arrange wrapped around his head and tied off with a white ribbon.

He is looking at Galatee or Galatea as she is also referred to as she is transforming from a statue of ivory into a living woman.

Between them is the Greek God Eros; son of Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love and Ares, the God of War, looking up at Pygmalion as he floats between them in invisible form.

Behind Pygmalion is golden lyre that is close to the altar of Aphrodite that has a statue of her wearing a golden crown and holding porcelain dove in her left hand with a gold ankle bracelet on her left leg and a sculpted robe around her waist; as incense burns just below her statue.

The ivory statue Galatee is situated on a dark maroon marble square base that has on top of it stone like headpiece with reliefs of a reclining nude woman on the front and putti on the side playing horns and riding dolphins.

On top of this base, beside the statue is a long sculpted vase complete with a cap on it, and behind that a sculpted robe on which the statue is partially resting; and farther back a large incense burner with billowing clouds of smoke coming from the openings in its covering.

In the distant wall as in the wall behind Pygmalion are sculpted reliefs; and in the far wall overlooking the ledge is a mountain terrain on the right, and a building with columns on the left.

Tying the piece together is a tiled pattern floor of diamond, square and rectangular shapes comprised of green, white and brown marble that covers the entire visible area.

This is a remastered digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image that is available as a canvas print online.

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