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        Laocoon, Hellenistic original, 1st century

        Greek. Medium: marble. Date: 1st Century. Priest of the god Apollo he broke his oath of celibacy and while preparing to sacrifice a bull to the god Poseidon, he was crushed to death with his twin sons by two sea serpents (Porces and Chariboea) sent by Apollo; Provenance: Vatican Museums and Galleries, Vatican City / Giraudon. Photographic Rights The Bridgeman Art Library.

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