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National Gallery of Art-El Greco's Laocoön

El Greco on Britannica Online

Mannerism on Britannica Online

Classics Archive

Vatican Museums-Hellenistic Sculpture (Lacoon and His Sons)

Description of Laocoon and his sons

Fall of Troy

El Greco, Grove Art

Laokoon, Grove Art

The Library Sources

Brontein, Leo. El Greco Koln: M. Dumont Schauberg, 1967.

Byron, Robert. The Birth of Western Painting: a history of Colour, form, and iconography. London: G. Routledge, 1930.

Cossio, Manuel Bartolome. El Greco; Forty eight illustrations, with text by Manuel B. Cassio. Barcelona: Hijos de J. Thomas, 1915.

Gudiol, Josť. Domenikos Theolokopoulas: El Greco New York: Viking Press, 1973.

Rutter, Frank Vane Phipson. El Greco, with 85 plates and 11 illustrations in the text. New York: E. Weyhe, 1930.

Vallentin, Antonina. El Greco New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1955.

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

The Aim/ Thesis

The aim of this paper currently is the discussion and analysis of the painting along with the comparison with the Hellenistic Sculpture of the same subject matter, Lancoon and his Sons. The Hellenistic Sculpture comparison is the vital element to the thesis since it allows us to see the differences between those whose myth it was and the more modern interpretation of it through the eyes of the baroque period.

New Painting Subject

Luca Giordano Neapolitan, 1634 - 1705 Diana and Endymion, c. 1675/1680 oil on canvas, 1.492 x 1.640 m (58 3/4 x 64 9/16 in.) Gift of Joseph F. McCrindle in memory of Mr. and Mrs. J. Fuller Feder and in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art
1991.20.1 Diana and Endymion


Grove Art, Giordano


Britannica, Giordano

Catholic Encylopedia

Greek Mythology

Encyclopedia Mythica


Spike, John T. Italian Baroque Paintings from New York Private Collections. New Jersey: Prineton University Press, 1980.

De Grazia, Diane. and Eric Garberson. Italian Paintings of the Seventeeth and Eighteenth Centuries. Washington: National Gallery of Art, 1996.

Ferrari, Oreste. "Luca Giordano." Painting in Naples 1606-1705 From Caravaggio to Giordano. Ed. Clovis Whitfield and Jane Martineau et al. Washington: National Gallery of Art, 1982.

Mccomb, Arthur. The Baroque Painters of Italy. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1934.

De Rinaldis, Aldo. Neapolitan Painting of the Seicento. Florence: Pantheon, 1929.

Poussin, Nicolas. Selene and Endymion. The Detroit Institure of Arts, Detroit.

Williams, Eunice. "Introduction." Gods & Heroes: Baroque Images of Antiquity. New York: Wildenstein, 1969.

Friedlaender, W. "Nicolas Poussin" Gods & Heroes: Baroque Images of Antiquity. New York: Wildenstein, 1969.

Bulfinch, Thomas. Bulfinch's Mythology. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 19??.

Barthell, Edward E. Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Greece Miami: University of Miami Press, 1971.