Pygmalionism

egold

Rego Park (New York), United States

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Another one from my “Humans and Mannequins” series…

Pygmalionism (noun)
Pygmalionism, (from the myth of Pygmalion) which describes a state of love for an object of one’s own creation.
Pygmalionism is a love attraction to a statue, doll, mannequin…

Pygmalion was a legendary figure of Cyprus. Though Pygmalion is the Greek version of the Phoenician royal name Pumayyaton, he is most familiar from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, X, in which Pygmalion is a sculptor who falls in love with a statue he has made.
In Ovid’s narrative, Pygmalion was a Cypriot sculptor who carved a woman out of ivory. He called that statue Galatea (“she who is milk-white”) According to Ovid, after seeing the Propoetides prostituting themselves, he is ‘not interested in women’, but his statue is so realistic that he falls in love with it. He offers the statue presents and eventually prays to Venus (Aphrodite). She takes pity on him and brings the statue to life. They marry and have a son… happy end…
It was commonly rumored in Roman times that Praxiteles’ Aphrodite of Knidos, the cult image in her temple was so beautiful that at least one admirer arranged to be shut in with it overnight…

In a human life sometimes the love has no happy end: John loves Mary, Mary loves Steve, Steve loves Kathy, and…
long line in an end of which may be somebody loves John… may be in a next life…
So… be creative. Make an art. Pray to God, look for your Galatea in your creations and… be happy.

Thanks to:
57mannequins from deviantart.com for this “little man”
tarnishedhalo from deviantart.com for the “fashionable man”;
x_xLithiumx_x from deviantart.com for the “torso mannequin”;
DarkBorder from deviantart.com for the beautiful woman’s hat.
The middle mannequin – from last Christmas window decoration of Bergdorf & Goodman store in New York.

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