Laocoon Torso - Item #135
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Unless otherwise noted, our reproductions are hand-cast in plaster and reinforced with burlap, fiber strands, and/or metal rods for extra strength.
FLAT WHITE: A unified, matte white finish. This is the optimum patina for cast drawing as it allows focus on form.
WHITE PATINA: A white finish with a light ivory tone added to the top surfaces.
LIGHT ANTIQUE PLASTER: A soft mixture of whites, grays, and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.
ANTIQUE PLASTER: A dramatic mixture of grays and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.
BRONZE: A rich brown finish with golden highlights to replicate the look of bronze.
STONE: A mixture of lighter tones to resemble natural stone.
DARK STONE: A mixture of darker tones to resemble natural stone.
SANDSTONE: A soft base color with warm highlights to resemble the look of natural sandstone.
TERRA COTTA: A variation of warm tones to resemble terra cotta.
ASSYRIAN STONE (Applies only to item numbers 3, 4, 5, 6 and 738): A two-tone patina augmenting the shallow relief sculpture and its stone texture.
TANAGRA PATINA (Applies only to item numbers 317, 318, 319, 320, 800 and 813): A finish that replicates the colors of the Tanagra figurines as shown in the product images.
29 Inches High x 26 Inches Wide x 12 Inches Deep
The full-size torso of the Trojan priest Laocoön from the group Laocoön and his sons. The group represents a scene described in Virgil’s Aeneid in which the Trojan priest Laocoön and his sons are set upon by serpents at Poseidon's command as punishment for Laocoön warning the Trojans against the wooden horse. The sculpture group was discovered on January 14, 1506 during an excavation in a vineyard owned by Felice de' Fredis on the Esquiline Hill in Rome. It was recognized as the sculpture described by Pliny the Elder as the masterpiece of the sculptors of Rhodes. Pope Julius II purchased it and displayed it in the Statues Courtyard at the Vatican.
Artist: Hagesandros, Athanadoros and Polydoros of Rhodes
Museum: Pio Clementine Museum, Vatican Museums, Vatican City
Origin: Esquiline Hill, Rome
Time Period: Ancient Greek, c. 40-30 B.C.E.
Collins, Neil. "Laocoon and His Sons." Art Encyclopedia. Visual-arts-cork.com, 2018, http://www.visual-arts-cork.com/sculpture/laocoon.htm.
"Laocoön." Vatican Museums, http://www.museivaticani.va/content/museivaticani/en/collezioni/musei/museo-pio-clementino/Cortile-Ottagono/laocoonte.html.