A copy of the ancient Laocoon sculpture with the Legion of Honor vandalized – ARTnews.com



A 20th century copy of an ancient sculpture by Laocoön in San Francisco has been vandalized. Installed outside the Legion of Honor, the marble sculpture is currently missing some of the heads of its characters, according to ABC7, who first reported the news last Friday.

The original Laocoon and his sons, owned by the Vatican Museum, features a Trojan priest and his sons trapped by attacking sea snakes. This sculpture may have been of ancient Greek origin, and like other masterpieces from these civilizations, it is believed to be missing some of its parts, including Laocoon’s arm itself.

Now the same goes for the San Francisco copy. In addition to severed heads, part of a character’s leg was also removed by vandals last week. Martin Chapman, curator of the Department of European Paintings and Sculptures at the Legion of Honor, said the museum was unsure where the cut parts of his Laocoön sculpture may have been, but police are currently investigating.

Unfortunately, there are few avenues to be drawn from the security footage. According to the museum, the cameras did not capture the vandals at work. What the Legion of Honor does know, however, is that other works of art in the museum were not damaged during the beheading of the Laocoon sculpture.

“It’s really sad, it’s a loss for the museum and the people of San Francisco because it’s a work of art that has been vandalized for no reason,” Chapman told ABC7.



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