This painting depicts the mythological story of the Deaths of Laocoon. Laocoon, a Trojan priest, and his two sons are being strangled by sea serpents. This was punishment for Laocoon trying to warn his countrymen about the Trojan horse. This painting was inspired by Greek and Roman culture, and many might be familiar with the Hellenistic statue version of Laocoon that sits in the Vatican Museum. We chose this because both of us are familiar with the Laocoon statue, and thought our artists version of this mythical story was very interesting.