January 25, 2004

Forms, Women and Pygmalion

"So for example, an acorn is the form of an oak tree. That it has that form is not obvious from looking at it, but under the right circumstances, an oak tree is what it will become." - Clowney
Aristotle's vision of the form mirrors the story of Pygmalion and Galatea. For example, the statue Pygmalion sculpts is the acorn that will sprout into a tree. It's the seed of a woman, but the sculpture holds the seed of the woman in it.

The form defines what the sculpture can become. Because "art is the imitation of the ideal," the statue of Galatea is the imitation of the ideal woman. However, by defining the ideal of a woman in marble, Pygmalion issues the form of a woman into the sculpture. Therefore, the sculpture becomes human because it was instilled with the human form as an imitation of a woman.

Best yet, two other people (at the time of posting) make more sense than I do on this subject. Read on.

Posted by Julie Young at January 25, 2004 01:24 AM

It just goes to show that men most adore what they work hardest to obtain. Work adds value.

Or cynically, Pygmalion believes that only he could create what was physically perfect.Vain and true. The perfect exterior pleased him perfectly. I wonder what they talked about over dinner?

Posted by: Marty Avery at October 18, 2004 11:16 AM
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