Pygmalion, 15th century illustration

Pygmalion, 15th century illustration

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Caption: 15th century illustration of the Greek mythological figure Pygmalion on knees in front of his statue asking forgiveness. Pygmalion was a Cypriot sculptor who carved a statue of a woman and fell in love with it. After Pygmalion prayed to Aphrodite, the statue came to life and they married. Illustration from the a translation of the continuation of Guillaume de Lorris's 'Roman de la Rose' by Jean de Meun (c.1240-c.1305), published in Bruges, circa 1490-1500.

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Keywords: 1400s, 15th century, artwork, cypriot, greek mythology, historical, history, illuminated manuscript, illustration, jean de meun, jean de meung, kneeling, mediaeval, medieval, middle ages, pygmalion, roman de la rose, sculptor, statue, story of the rose

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