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)