Jean-Léon Gérôme, Pygmalion and Galatea #Art In Gilbert's Pygmalion story, the sculptor is a married man. His wife, Cynisca, at first encourages his interest in his statue, Galatea. Cynisca is often away, and she doesn't want her husband to be bored. When the statue comes to life, however, matters become complex. Under the fire of Cynisca's jealousy, Galatea decides that her original state was happier, and turns back into a statue. This a bit different than the Greek myth.