Laocoön. Study after the Laocoön group. Sculpture of red clay. Unsigned. H. 75 cm.
The sculpture is a study of the famous Hellenistic sculpture The Laocoön group, which is today in the Vatican Museum.
The myth of Laocoön exists in several different versions. According to Vergil's Aneide, the Trojan priest Laocoön tried to warn the Trojans against letting the Trojan horse into Troja. To make him silent, the goddess Athene sends a pair of giant snakes to kill Laocoön and his two sons. It is Laocoön's death struggle we here see depicted in the sculpture.