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Pedro Perret
Flemish (1555 - ca. 1625) Primary



Laocoon

1581
Engraving

16 11/16 in. x 13 1/16 in. (42.39 cm x 33.1 cm)
Gift of Abby A. K. Turner Van Pelt Griscom, Class of 1952, Katherine Drexel Van Pelt Beaver, and Charles B. P. Van Pelt

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: VP.152
Geography: Europe, Belgium or France (Flanders)
Classification: Fine and Visual Arts; Prints; Engravings
Culture/Nationality: Flemish
Collection: Drexel–Van Pelt Collection
The Laocoon, previously known from Pliny's description, was discovered in Rome in 1506. This piece, along with the Apollo Belvedere, represented the pinnacle of aesthetic taste for centuries to come. The sculpture, which dates from the first century CE, depicts the Trojan priest Laocoon and his sons being strangled by serpents; it was venerated for its perfection of form and depiction of beauty at the height of suffering. Perret's print, with its enunciation of each strained muscle, captures the energy and aesthetic splendor of the sculpture.

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