Monday, October 15, 2012

Greece Blog Post

As I thought about what to write in this blog post I kept coming back to the sculpture of Laocoon and His Sons. The the question that kept on going in circles in my mind was, Why? Why do I keep on thinking about this sculpture? What is so fascinating about this sculpture that makes it stand out to me? I couldn't really answer these questions without knowing the history behind the sculpture. So from my novice research the history behind this sculpture is that Laocoon was killed after trying to expose the “fakeness” of the Trojan horse by trying to hit it with a spear. The snakes were allegedly sent by Poseidon and was interpreted by the Trojans as proof that the horse was a sacred object. Historians do not know when exactly the sculpture was made but have a rough estimate of 42 to 20 BC. It was also unearthed around 1506 in a vineyard. Honestly, my research did not really help me in my process of answering questions. So what do I like about this sculpture? I like the expression in Laocoon's face. I like how it shows the pain that he goes through while being attacked by the snakes. But I can also see the pain he has in his expression for his sons too. The look on the sons face show the feeling of somewhat betrayal because of their father. I think that the detail in the hair of Laocoon is amazing. I love it. I think it may serve as a purpose of warning. Not as in a dark warning, but as a warning of art. If you were going to ruin something that dealt with the Trojans the gods are going to put their foot down and do what they need to in order to stop it. (That may not be true, but it's what I think of its purpose.) It all has a connection within each other. I honestly can't really connect the sculpture with my world views and today's world view. I view it as a piece of history. I think of it as if we forget the past then we will repeat it in the future. Ancient Greece may or may not be true, but I believe it is true. I believe that if we forget these sculptures, even if the story is true or not, we'll most likely repeat it. Poseidon may not make snakes attack you but it's the fact that if we don't study the pain and anguish and fear on Laocoon's face then we don't know where we have been and where we can go. On a weird note if I ever got the chance to stand in front of Laocoon and His Sons, I would most likely just stand there forever and take in the beauty that it has to offer.  

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