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Pygmalion and Galatea

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In Greek mythology, Pygmalion was a sculptor who fell in love with a statue he had carved of Galatea. The goddess Aphrodite took pity on him and brought the statue to life, and he married her.

As a sculptor, working with so many beautiful models, I can sympathize with Pygmalion's plight.  Working so closely, for such long periods of time, with such a beautiful creation, its almost hard not to fall in love in degrees.   In fact, I think that this brief fleeting love actually helps in the desire to create perfection.

Where is Aphrodite when you need her?

I thought this was a such wonderful painting by Jean Leon Gerome, that I wanted to include it here.

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