Pygmalion carved a sculpture of a maiden so beautiful and realistic, he grew to love and desire his creation. He solemnly prayed to find a girl as lovely as her and was amazed when he kissed his statue that she grew warm and came to life. They lived happily ever after, according to Greek mythology.
Variations of the myth can be seen in many films (The Red Shoes, All About Eve, Pretty Woman, Mighty Aphrodite among others), most recently in Danny Boyle's Trance.
Pygmalion and Galatea, Jean-Léon Gérôme (French, 1824–1904)
Gérôme created two views of the same iconic moment of discovery.