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    Sale 5404

    Nineteenth Century European Art

    19 March 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 146

    Alois Schön (early 19th Century)

    The riddle of the Sphinx

    Price Realised  


    Alois Schön (early 19th Century)
    The riddle of the Sphinx
    oil on canvas, unframed, octagonal
    74¾ x 73½ in. (190 x 186.7 cm.)

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    In ancient Greek mythology the Sphinx was a creature half-lion half-woman with wings. The legend tells us that she guarded the entrance to Thebes and when Oedipus wished to pass, she told him a riddle which he had to answer on pain of death. Once he solved the riddle, the Sphinx perished and he was lauded by the Thebans for releasing them from their tyranny.

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