Wednesday, August 09, 2006

By Suggestion

Laocoon and his Sons (or Laocoon Group), Greek Hellenistic (most likely 42 -20 BC), Vatican Museums, Rome.

Laocoon warning about the Trojan Horse earned him the wrath Poseidondon who seserpentsnts to attack him and his sons. Michelangelo was influenced by this work and the contortions of the body of Laocoon can be seen in many of his works, especially something like the Dying Slave.

Dying Slave, 1513-16 by Michelangelo, Louvre, Paris.


slatts said...
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slatts said...

Why does it appear "Dying Slave" is wearing Stanley Kowolski's T-shirt?

Martha said...

It is a bandage - although it does look like it has an armhole.

jmchez said...

Knowing how hard it is to get in shape at a modern gym, I'm always amazed at how the ancient Greeks (or at least the artists's models) looked. They got like that just by lifting blocks of marble? Laocoon is supposed to be a priest, an old one at that!

Also, it's rather odd to notice the difference between Michelangelo's "Dying Slave" and the previously shown, "Dying Gaul". Michelangelo certainly added a homoerotic nature to his piece.

Anonymous said...

It is homoerotic - it is a known fact that Michelangelo was gay (as was Leonardo, Bernini, Caravaggio etc.) Michelangelo worked for the Vatican. It is also known that a lot of men in the catholic church (priests, cardinals, bishops, popes etc) are/were gay. So if you add 2 and 2 together you get gay art. But really, masterfully done gay art.


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