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Laocoön is an oil painting created between 1610 and 1614 by El Greco, a Greek painter of the Spanish Renaissance. The painting depicts the Greek and Roman mythological story of the deaths of Laocoön, a Trojan priest of Poseidon, and his two sons Antiphantes and Thymbraeus. Laocoön and his sons were strangled by sea serpents, a punishment sent by the gods after Laocoön attempted to warn his countrymen about the Trojan Horse. Although inspired by the recently discovered monumental Hellenistic sculpture Laocoön and His Sons in Rome, El Greco's Laocoön is a product of Mannerism, an artistic movement originating in Italy during the 16th century that countered the artistic ideals of the Renaissance. The painting is now in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.Painting credit: El Greco

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