The conclusion summarizes some of the key findings of the book, arguing that the projects described here attest to the fact that the Pygmalion myth was a foundational theme for modern aesthetics, offering, as it did, a means of thinking about the way that the perceiving human related to the art object and about what the object, in return, did to its perceiver. It argues that while this historical moment has been understood to see the emergence of autonomy for the individual fine arts, the texts examined in this book have confirmed that, even at such moments of supposed emancipation, the materials of art acted together, partaking of one another’s essences through analogy and cooperation.
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