WHAT IS THE STATUE OF "LAOCOON"?
The statue of Laocoön and His Sons also called the "Laocoön group." is a 1st-century BC statue. The figures are near life-size and the group is a little over 2 m (6 ft 7 in) in height, showing the Trojan priest Laocoön and his sons Antiphantes and Thymbraeus being attacked by sea serpents.It was excavated in Rome in 1506 and placed on public display in the Vatican. FAST FACT: Michelangelo fashioned his sculptures after this statute.
|The Laocoön group in the Vatican Museums.|
WHEN DID THIS BECOME A MUSEUM?- In the 1700s the Vatican palaces were converted to museums to house the Greek and Roman sculptures. -
WHERE WERE THE STATUES FOUND? Underground and from private collections. There were others that were stolen from "pagan" churches.
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|The Hercules Rotunda in the Pio Clementino wing of the Vatican Museums.|
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