Oedipus and the Sphinx


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Oedipus and the Sphinx

is an 1864 oil on canvas painting by Gustave Moreau that was first exhibited at the French Salon of 1864 where it was an immediate success. It is now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.The work was a fresh treatment of the established subject of the meeting between Oedipus and the Sphinx on the road to Delphi, notably portrayed at Sophocles‘ play Oedipus Rex.

The painting depicts Oedipus meeting the Sphinx at the crossroads on his journey between Thebes and Delphi. Continue reading