Saturday, February 02, 2008

month of loves: art

Laocoon and his sons

Compare this to other works of the period --mostly very static-- and you can see why this piece with all its movement and emotion is so far ahead of everything else and why it was so influential for the Renaissance artists alive when it was unearthed.

And don't you love how the snake is just about to bite?


MegRuth said...

This is one of my most favorite sculptures ever

Anonymous said...

I believe that Virgil must have seen this statue before he wrote this scene of Laocoon and his sons in the Aeneid. When I read the Aeneid in Latin at the U of U there was a photo of this statue on the facing page. So the words and art are fused together in my head. So unutterably tragic.
Thanks for taking me with you to see it!