El Greco - 1610-1614
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This canvas is the only known example of a mythological theme by El Greco. According to Homeric legend, Laocoön was the priest who, during the siege of Troy, warned the Trojans of the wooden horse in which the Greeks planned to invade the city. Apparently, as a divine punishment, two serpents appeared from the sea and destroyed him and his two sons. Records indicate that the picture was found unfinished in the artist’s studio after his death, thus accounting for the superimposed figures on the right. In the background looms El Greco’s adopted city of Toledo.
Owner/Location: National Gallery of Art - Washington DC  (United States - Washington)
Dates: 1610-1614
Artist age:Approximately 73 years old.
Dimensions: Height: 142 cm (55.91 in.), Width: 193 cm (75.98 in.)
Medium: Painting - oil on canvas
Entered by: Member laure9 on 15 October 2008.
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