Laocoon (1608-1614) by El Greco

Laocoon - El Greco - 1608-1614

Artwork Information

ArtistEl Greco
MediumOil On Canvas
Dimensions142 x 193 cm
Current LocationNational Gallery Of Art, Washington

About Laocoon

El Greco’s painting, Laocoon, is a masterpiece that depicts the mythological story of Trojan priest Laocoön warning the Trojans about the Trojan Horse and profaning a temple, resulting in his death and his sons’ by giant serpents sent by angry gods. El Greco’s style is influenced by classical mythology and artistry which he expresses through vivid brushwork, exaggerated forms and luminous color.

Laocoon is part of the National Gallery of Art’s collection in Washington. The original painting measures 142 by 193 centimeters and was created in oil between 1610-1614. El Greco was a Greek artist who lived most of his life in Spain where he produced many works that expressed the passion of Counter-Reformation Spain.

The composition shows muscular bodies twisting within an intense portrayal of human suffering as they are attacked by snakes. The dramatic tangle of human figures conveys a sense of movement that draws viewers into the scene as though witnessing an unfolding drama.

In conclusion, El Greco’s Laocoon painting is a well-known masterpiece admired for its evocative style, striking composition and profound narrative content. It remains one of the Spanish master’s great works creating something new out true tragedy with powerful emotions conveyed through masterful technique over four centuries ago.

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