Laocoon (Laocoön and His Sons)

Primary Creator
Sculptor Agesander
Sculptor Athenodoros
Sculptor Polydorus
Era500 BCE - 1 CE
Height82 inches
Length44 inches
Width64 inches
Name of WorkLaocoon (Laocoön and His Sons)
Production Date1st century BCE to 1st century CE
Production Location

Current Location

Media Typesmarble
General Notes

A marvel that it even exists after all this time and neglect.


A monumental, life-size marble sculpture of stunning complexity and three-dimensionality. It depicts Laacoon with his sons who are involved in a death and life struggle with a giant serpent, and are not winning.


The heroic but agonizing defeat of Men. This sculpture certainly represents at the same time the heroic nature of men but cast into an impossible situation that can only be tragic.

Emotional Sum or Sense-of-life

Life is a desperate, agonizing struggle.

Context Information

Unearthed in Rome in 1506, mostly intact despite its fragility and compositional complexity.