1. Pygmalion and Galatea (1886). Ernest Normand (1859–1923). Atkinson Art Gallery.

    The antique model for the body of Pygmalion’s statute was the Venus de Milo, a figure of Aphrodite in the Louvre of circa 100 BC, which Normand had seen in Paris on his honeymoon. The facial features appear to be those of Normand’s wife — suggesting that for Normand, at least, Pygmalion’s fantasy really could come true…

     
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