• Pygmalion and Galatea

    Artist:
    Staggi, Pietro Ceccardo. 1754-not later than 1814
    Dimensions:
    height: 235 cm

Staggi, Pietro Ceccardo. 1754-not later than 1814

Pygmalion and Galatea

Italy, 1790-1792

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Pygmalion and Galatea

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height: 235 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1797 as a gift to Emperor Paul I

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Н.ск-14

Comment:

Pair to the sculpture "Prometheus and the Man Created by Him" (Н.ск-785) This group dates back to the porcelain composition after a model by Louis-Simon Boizot exhibited at the Salon of 1775, where it was stated that it had been created as a pair to the sculptural group ‘Pygmalion and Galatea’ by Falconet : ‘Man modelled from the earth mud by Prometheus who with the assistance of Minerva stole fire from heaven in order to enliven him’. Strictly speaking, the source of the subject of this group remains unclear. Its composition is largely in tune with the description provided by Apollodorus in ‘The Library of Greek Mythology’ (Apollod. 1. 7. 1). Ovid in his poem ‘The Metamorphoses’ tells briefly the story of Prometheus, (Ov. Met. 1. 76–88) without even mentioning his name. The group ‘Prometheus and the First Man’ was commissioned along with the group ‘Pygmalion and Galatea’ (cat. 83). It appears that in 1803 it was already in the Tauride Palace. The French traveller L.Viardot, who visited Petersburg in the early 1840s, also mentions that both groups executed by Staggi were housed in the Tauride Palace. Currently this group is exhibited in the Jordan Gallery, on the ground floor of the Winter Palace.

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