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Franz von Stuck
The Kiss of the Sphinx, 1895, oil on canvas
Szépmüészeti Mùzeum, Budapest, Hungary

The marble image came alive,
Began to moan and plead -
She drank my burning kisses up
With ravenous thirst and greed.

She drank the breath from out my breast,
She fed lust without pause;
She pressed me tight, and tore and rent
My body with her claws.

Heinrich Heine 

This painting, like Sin, caused a sensation in Munich. Reproductions of it were removed from the windows of art galleries on the orders of the police. The painting is a universal symbol of the passion that leads to downfall.

read more about the piece here

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