07/08/2013 01:45 pm ET Updated Sep 07, 2013

82nd & Fifth: MONSTERS by Kiki Karoglou

Originally painted in bright colors, this marble sphinx has the head of a young woman, the body of a young lioness, avian wings, and a snakelike tail. "This makes you think about beauty and especially female beauty as being both enchanting and dangerous," says curator Kiki Karoglou.

View representations of sphinxes in different media and from different time periods.