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Laocoön Lives

Vatican Laocoon
Laocoön and His Sons. Vatican Museums, Rome.

Laocoön's death is related in Virgil's Aeneid and is also represented in the famous classical sculpture of Laocoön and His Sons on display in the Vatican. It may, then, seem strange to talk of a figure remembered primarily for his death in terms of "lives" (or living). This section of my website, however, deals with the concept of artistic lives.

My interest in the figure of Laocoön began with Blake and so I'm likely to add a disproportionate amount of material relating to his Laocoön engraving. Over the years, however, I have encountered and been fascinated by many more representations and manipulations of Laocoön, and I am gradually adding posts to document those I know about.

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