LAOCOON: Greek Mythology
There are several versions concerning the legend of Laocoon. The favored stated that Laocoon was a priest who warned the Trojans against accepting the wooden horse left by the Greeks. This angered Apollo. The Greek god's punishment resulted in Laocoon and his twin sons, Antiphas and Thymbraeus, be crushed to death by a great sea serpent. This legend found its most famous expressions in the Laocoon statue (now in the Vatican Museum) attributed by Pliny the Elder. The statue was for a time in the palace of the Emperor Titus (ad 79–81). After its rediscovery during the Renaissance, it regained its exalted reputation,
The statue of Laocoon was rediscovered when the renowned 14th century sculptor Michelangelo was a young man. He was greatly affected when he saw it.
I was first exposed to the image of Laocoon while studying art history in college. The image strongly reverberated within me.
This is the second version of Laocoon that I have painted. The first was created circa 1979-1980. The original was a 5' X 7' oil on canvas. The two are similar, but different. The original painting was lost to me while I was living in California a few years back. It and other pieces of my work were sold in and auction house. LAOCOON #2 is the brother to the original. Perhaps they are the twins.