Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Pygmalion and Galatea

TOM - Wow, so it's been a super long time since I've posted here! Although I might not always get around to posting on this blog, I am always making new work and posting almost daily on my Facebook Page, my Twitter page, and you can also check me out on Instagram now too at: thomaspitilli

Before the year closes out, I would like to add a new personal piece I made. It's an illustration I made based on the tale of  Pygmalion and Galatea. As the tale goes, Pygmalion falls deeply in love with the sculpture he created, wishing that he could find a wife as beautiful as she. The goddess Venus then grants him this wish by bringing the sculpture to life. The first time I became familiar with this tale was when I saw a painting inspired by it at the Metropolitan Museum of Art years ago (see below). Ever since, it has been my favorite painting in the museum. Many artists have tackled this particular story over the years, Jean-Leon Gerome's is by far my favorite. This is my inspired interpretation of the tale, hope you enjoy. Also, look out for prints of this piece in the near future! Thanks so much for checking in and Happy Holiday's!