One of the major discoveries of the Italian Renaissance, this sculptural grouping was found in Rome in 1506 in the ruins of Titus' palace. It depicts an event in Vergil's Aeneid (Book 2). The Trojan priest Laocoön was strangled by sea snakes, sent by the gods who favored the Greeks, while he was sacrificing at the altar of Neptune. Because Laocoön had tried to warn the Trojan citizens of the danger of bringing in the wooden horse, he incurred the wrath of the gods.
The furrowed brow and open-mouthed pain would be copied by Bernini and Caravaggio in the seventeenth century.
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Laocoön and His Son
Vatican Museums | circa 2000 | Mary Ann Sullivan
Posted on 08/28/2004 4:07:50 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
It always looked to me like it should be named “Taxpayers vs the State”.