Last week, our Heroic Hunks in History Laocoön and his Sons in the famous Greek marble. The sculpture, attributed to the sculptors Agesander, Athnodoros, and Polydorus of Rhodes, depicts the death of Laocoön, the Trojan priest of the god Poseidon and his two sons. The original is housed in the Vatican Museums in Rome. The sculpture was damaged when it was discovered and several conjectures about the appearance of the orginal have been proposed. For example, Laocoon’s upraised hand is a best guess but later researchers propose that his arm should be bent back behind his head trying to dislodge the python who, most likely is biting his head. Today we’ll check out a few of the copies in bronze, marble, and print. With and without the fig leaf.
Next week, a very special Heroic Hunk–GW as you’ve never seen him. Rita
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