Oedipus And Sphinx- Ingres
The Sphinx, Guardian of Deity, as an allegory of the spiritual journey within she requires wisdom before awarding true knowledge. As she holds each seekers life hostage riddles Oedipus ... "Which creature has one voice and yet becomes four-footed and two-footed and three-footed?"
"Man—who crawls on all fours as a baby, then walks on two feet as an adult, and then uses a walking stick in old age" "There are two sisters: one gives birth to the other and she, in turn, gives birth to the first. Who are the two sisters?" Oedipus replies, "day and night"
Acceptance of time, days and nights, birth and death, the cycles of seeking...
The Sphinx kills herself allowing Oedipus to meet his far more tragic end... I often wonder if upon his death Oedipus wished he'd left well enough alone... suffering seeded wisdom, wisdom seeded suffering, spiraling cycles development without an end, men's making of meted measures, myriad metis molds, mistaken for mastery of fate, our folly... #sphinx #ingres #oedipus #riddle #birth #death #day #night #fate