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When the statue of Laocoon and his two sons in the clutch of the serpents was discovered near the Colosseum at the beginning of 1506 the excitement was great, and young Jacopo Sadoleto, later a cardinal, then a devoted humanist, composed a poem on this masterpiece based on classical verse. Sadoleto’s text is not without echoes of Vergil’s famous lines about Laocoon and his fate, and with an astonishingly independent judgment on the quality of the subject. This text has been printed in various modern publications on Sadoleto, respect to the Laocoon, but only the edition by the present author, produced in 1992, offered a critical text based on a comparison of all extant printed versions from the 16th and 17th centuries, along with a brief linguistic commentary. Since no other attempt to recover the original text and no more recent commentary have hitherto appeared, the text and commentary of the 1992 publication are here reprinted in a partly abridged, partly enlarged form in order to provide the interested scholar with a reliable text and some linguistic basics as materials for further interpretation.
|Date Deposited:||02 Jan 2008 10:47|
|Faculties / Institutes:||Research Project, Working Group > Individuals|
|DDC-classification:||Plastic arts, numismatics, ceramics, metalwork|
|Controlled Subjects:||Sadoleto, Jacopo / De Laocoontis statua|