The group sculpture Laocoon and His Sons is one of the most representative works of the Hellenistic period. It was created by Alessandro, Athenodorus, and Polidoro from Rhodes in 200 BC. The statue of Laocoon and His Sons is a marble sculpture from the Hellenistic Period (323 BCE – 31 CE). Following its discovery in a Roman vineyard in 1506, it was placed in the Vatican, where it remains today. In true Hellenistic fashion, Laocoon and His Sons showcase an interest in the realistic depiction of movement.
The story behind Laocoon and his son sculpture is interesting. To sum it up, Laocoon tried to warn the Trojans that the wooden horse had been given to them by the Greeks. He didn’t believe in the gift and tried to persuade them to burn it. After being painfully blinded by Athena (a Greek Goddess) for his attempts to warn the city of Troy, he still tries to give caution to everyone. Finally, Athena sends two giant sea serpents to strangle Laocoon and his two sons. They die a painful death. Eventually, the city accepts the gift, and later in the night, the Greeks come out of it, open the gates for the other Greeks, and conquer the city, ending the war.