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Painting Selection

El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)
El Greco Spanish, 1541 - 1614 Laoco÷n, c. 1610/1614 oil on canvas, 1.375 x 1.725 m (54 1/8 x 67 7/8 in.) Samuel H. Kress Collection 1946.18.1 Laocoon
Description of Laocoon and his sons

Fall of Troy

El Greco, Grove Art

Library Sources

The Philosophical Quarterly, Oct 1997 v47 n189 p441(18) El Greco's eyesight: interpreting pictures and the psychology of vision. Robert Hopkins.

Source The mood of Laocoon is similiar to such expressionistic paintings as "The Scream" by Munch. It has an otherworldly sense with the twisted perspective of the figures. The light almost metalic coloring of the figures projects a ghostly image. It conveys a sort of dream state, a seperation from reality.