French artist of the beginning of the XIX century.
Founder E. DE LABROUE
Bronze, cm 32 x 16 x 38
Belgian black pedestal, cm 46, 7 x 23,5 x 7
Our bronze statue was inspired by a very famous marble sculpture that was discovered on the 1506 on the Oppian Hill, in Rome, representing an episode taken from the Aeneid. The story tells the death of Laocoön and his two sons, killed by a sea snake sent by Poseidon himself. The ancient marble one, made by three artists from Rhodes called Agesander, Athenodoros and Polydorus, is at the Vatican Museums but the Uffizi Gallery hosts the copy from Baccio Bandinelli, that had a huge success.
This interesting bronze group was influenced by both works, as we can see in the arm of the boy on the left, that follow the position of the XVI century’s version, and on Laocoön’s arm, that derives from the Montorsoli’s integration. It’s important to know that, even if this pose didn’t respect the original project of the three artists, this was preferred even by Winckelmann because it was considered more emotional.
On the step there is an inscription that says “E. de labroue fct” (Fig. 1), who was a very active founder on the first half of the XIX century. He also cooperated with important French artists as Jacques Feuchère (1807 – 1852) and Paul Gayrard (1807-1855). The statue shows the typical late neoclassic style that was popular in France and can be ascribed to the circle of artists that called de Labroue.