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Laoccon, (sculpture)

Artist:
Unknown
Unknown (Antique artist) (copy after)
Medium:
Cast
Type:
Sculptures
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Notes:
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. III
LAOCOON, the son of Priam and HeCuba, and priest of Apollo, inflamed by love for his country, violently opposed the reception of the wooden horse within the walls of Troy. To awaken his country men to the impending danger, he dared to hurl his javelin against the fatal machine, consecrated to Minerva. . . . Those of the gods hostile to Troy, resolved to punish him, and shortly after, as Laocoon, crowned with laurel, was sacrificing to Neptune on the beach, two enormous serpents sprang from the waves, and instantly sprang upon his two children, . . . The distracted father flies to their aid: in vain he struggles against these monsters, they enclose him with his sons--they roll themselves around their bodies--they crush them in their coils--they tear them with their venomous teeth--in spite of their efforts to disengage themselves, this unfortunate father with his sons, the victims of an unjust vengeance, fall at the altar of the god--and turning their distracted eyes towards heaven, expire in the most cruel agonies. Such is the pathetic subject of . . . one of . [To] Pliny, . . . we owe the knowledge of the three skilful sculptors who executed it. Their names are Agesander, Polydorus, and Athenedorus. . . . [Pp. 6-8.]
Account of Statues, Busts, &c. in the Collection of the Academy of Arts. New-York: Printed at the Office of the Morning Chronicle. 1803.
Topic:
Mythology--Classical--Laocoon
Figure group--Male--Nude
State of Being--Evil--Violence
State of Being--Emotion--Fear
State of Being--Emotion--Pain
Control number:
AECI 04270003
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index

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