Buffy Art Historian: Lies, Lies, Lies

by Nandia Foteini Vlachou


Gustave Moreau, Oedipus and the Sphinx, 1864, oil on canvas, 206.4 x 104.8 cm, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


GILES: You mean life?

BUFFY: Yeah. Does it get easy?

GILES: What do you want me to say?

BUFFY: Lie to me.

GILES: Yes, it’s terribly simple. The good guys are always stalwart and true, the bad guys are easily distinguished by their pointy horns or black hats, and, uh, we always defeat them and save the day. No one ever dies, and everybody lives happily ever after.

BUFFY: Liar.


season 2, episode 7, Lie to Me (written by Joss Whedon, created by Joss Whedon)



Wall painting from Room H of the Villa of P. Fannius Synistor at Boscoreale, Roman, Late Republic, fresco, ca. 50–40 B.C., 175.3 x 193 cm, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York