Posted by: Valentino Radman | January 13, 2010

Laocoön and his sons

Magnificent sculpture, rediscovered (that is – excavated) in Renaissance. There are two versions why he and his sons were punished so cruelly. According to the first one, Laocoön offended god Apollo by breaking his oath of celibacy in Apollo’s sanctuary. Thus, he and his twin sons, were crushed to death by two giant sea serpents, sent by Apollo.
I don’t know how could Laocoön have lived in celibacy, in the first place, if he had two legitimate sons with his wife…but who am I to pose redundant questions?

A much better-known reason for his punishment was that he had warned the Trojans against accepting the Greek’s wooden horse. This monumental sculpture influenced many famous sculptors form Renaissance on, for instance Michelangelo  (compare the central figure with M’s Rebellious Slave and Dying Slave). Some even say that Michelangelo himself made this sculpture.

The question remains open since he  definitely had all the skills and ingeniosity required for executing the work of this caliber.


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