The Thorvaldsens Museum Archives

Comment on Ultimo 1797

The antique sculpture group of Laocoon and his sons, executed in the first half of the first century B.C. by three sculptors from Rhodes: Hagesandros, Athanadoros and Polydoros. Found in 1506 in the ruins of the so-called baths of Titus, which later turned out to be Nero’s Golden House. See Il Museo Pio-Clementino, descritto da Giambattista e Ennio Qvirino Visconti, T. I-VI, Roma 1782-96, vol. II, plate XXXIX, text p. 73-79 (copy in Thorvaldsens Museum, M134); and Les monumens antiiques du Musée Napoléon, vol. II, plate 62, text p. 131-140 (copy in Thorvaldsens Museum, M140).

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