Laocoon Drawing Casts

We have selected many casts from the famous Laocoon group to meet the demands of many academy students and design courses. It is one of the most interesting subjects to study during a learning path of the various drawing and painting techniques.

The whole sculptural group offers a great variety of elements useful for the compositional, anatomical study of the portrait and above all of the chiaroscuro.

Many young and more experienced artists test themselves and their own technique, studying the lights and shadows on this sculpture.

Recently I was very inspired by many exceptional works that I have seen in various Academies and Art Schools.  The Laocoon head in particular, as one of the most beautiful of the ancient art, has inspired many artists of the past in various different artistic techniques. Some of these masterpieces are very much impressive and decided to select several plaster cast by the Laocoon group and make them available in the collection.

Andrea Appiani, ‘Head of Laocoon’ 1790 oil on canvas. Norb & Carolyn Schaefer Jr. Gallery.

Giulio Campi e Antonio Campi, ‘three heads of bearded men.’ Louvre Museum. Paris.

Circle of Goltzius Hendrik, ‘Head of laocoon as a fragment’.

Attributed to Michelangelo Buonarroti, ‘Head of Laocoon’, mural. Sacrestia Nuova della Chiesa di San Lorenzo, Florence.

Alberto Giacometti, ballpoint on paper. Giacometti House, Paris.

Alberto Giacometti made ​​two drawings of the Laocoon taken from a plaster cast exposed at the Louvre until 1960, thentransferred to the storage of Versailles.

Constantin Brancusi, Laocoon 1905-22. photograph, Centre Pompidou, Musèe National d’Art Moderne, Paris
The photo was taken from a picture hanging in his atelier, which show a clay model that the young artist created with otherstudents of the Academy of Art in Romania.

For a basic approach and for those students not yet experienced we have selected other two sections of the same statue.

Both casts, with less details of shadows and easier technical approach, offer the chance to drawing by copying the statue without giving up the inspiration offered by such a masterpiece of ancient art.