The Writhing of Laocoon and His Sons

by Sister Hilda Kleiman, OSB

 Laocoon and His Sons is an example of the strenuous energy of Hellenistic sculpture, a shift from the restraint of the Classical Greek sculpture that preceded it.  The three men are attacked and eaten by two snakes, an incident that occured at the end of the Trojan War.

This sculpture is located in the Pio Clemento Museum, part of the Vatican Museums.

Laocoon and His Sons - Credit: Jean-Pol Grandmont - CC BY-SA 3.0

Detail of Laocoon - Credit: Sailko - CC BY-3.0

Detail of Laocoon: Credit - PD


Details of the two sons - Credit: Sailko - CC BY 3.0

Detail of a snake: Credit - PD

Detail of the head of the sons: Credit - Wknight94 - CC BY SA 3.0

Detail of the head of one of the sons: Credit: Wknight94 - CC BY SA 3.0

Detail of the head of Laocoon: Credit: Wknight94 - CC BY SA 3.0