Fine and Visual Arts; Prints; Engravings
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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- Prints on paper incorporating impressions of a reverse design created on a printing plate, usually copper, into which the design has been incised (engraved) using burins or gravers. Historically, "engravings" has sometimes been incorrectly used to refer to all prints, regardless of the specific technique. For prints made from designs engraved on a flat wooden block, use "wood cuts"; for prints made from a plate that is etched rather than engraved, use "etchings."
- Refers to the culture of the southern Netherlands, roughly corresponding to modern Belgium, Luxembourg, and part of France, particularly during the historical period when Flanders was an independent principality.