The Victor

Young Woman Interogating the Sphinx

Jules Blanchard

c. 1909

Source: Academy Architecture.

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Whereas the most common nineteenth-century portrayal of the sphinx with a person juxtaposes the sphinx, who often symbolizes the female-as-danger, with a young man — think of famous paintings by Ingres and Moreau —  here Blanchard has a young woman confronting the mysterious creature.

  • Oedipus and the Sphinx by J-D. Ingres
  • Oedipus and the Sphinx by Gustave Moreau
  • The Sphinx by Franz von Stuck
  • The Kiss of the Sphinx by Franz von Stuck
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