Pygmalion and Galatea

Sèvres factory, after 1763
Soft-paste porcelain
Gift of M. I. H. Fitzhenry, 1909
Inv. 16040
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“Had this piece been buried underground for thousands of years and just taken out, bearing the name of Phidias in Greek, broken and missing its feet or arms, I would look at it in admiration and silence.” This is what Diderot wrote after seeing the marble sculpture group exhibited by Etienne-Maurice Falconet (1716-1791) at the Salon of 1763, and produced in this smaller, biscuit porcelain version by the Sèvres factory.

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