Paprika is one of the few anime that featured classical paintings. Do you know of any others?

Continuing his journey to Thebes, Oedipus encountered a Sphinx. The Sphinx stopped all those who traveled to Thebes and asked them a riddle. If the travelers were unable to answer correctly, they were eaten by the Sphinx; if they were successful, they would be able to continue their journey. The riddle was: “What walks on four feet in the morning, two in the afternoon and three at night?”. Oedipus answered: “Man; as an infant, he crawls on all fours, as an adult, he walks on two legs and, in old age, he relies on a walking stick”. Oedipus was the first successfully to answer the riddle. Having heard Oedipus’ answer, the sphinx threw herself to her death. Grateful, the Thebans appointed Oedipus as their king. (Wiki)

These paintings decorated one of the rooms in Paprika anime.

Gustave Moreau (1864)

François-Xavier Fabré (1806-1808)

Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (1808)


18 thoughts on “Oedipus and Sphinx Paintings in Paprika Anime

  1. i remember ef melodies had that scene with yuuko’s guardian’s mansion burning down, where there were a bunch of classical-looking paintings. some people were trying to figure out if they were actual paintings but i don’t know how that turned out in the end.

    btw, Ingres rules..

    1. Oh, that’s very interesting! I’ll have to check out that scene 🙂

      Indeed, Ingres is one of my favorite artists 🙂 I especially like his approach of carefully considering composition of a painting.

  2. thats amazing. I just threw up a review of Paprika in my movie review blog (check it out if you get time) and I never knew about this. As an artist this is fascinating! Thanks for sheding some light on this. GREAT post!

  3. You have already mentioned the Mona Lisa in Hidamari Sketch yourself, and I remember having laughed out loud at Miyako’s Modigliani. 🙂

    By the way, I didn’t know that this Oedipus picture is a Gustave Moreau, it’s quite nice. It’s too bad the painting in New York – so far away.

  4. Gunslinger Girl had an episode in a museum with paintings like The Birth of Venus in the back and such. They were a little vauge, but clearly based on the original pieces.

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