Felix de Weldon
Bronze with granite base
32 h x 26.5 w x 13 d
Over fifty years ago, there was a very important meeting at the Vatican where Mr. de Weldon was asked to restore some of the works by Michelangelo.Mr. de Weldon would not accept payment, when he was asked what his dreams were, he mentioned that he wanted to travel through Italy and work as the Great Masters before him.
He went to the Vatican Museum, and was given official permission to recreate his version of the Torso from the Laocöon Group (Rome, Vatican Museum).
At that time, he set up a studio in Italy and after many great accomplishments he was given the honorary title of Baron.
The Laocöon Group is very powerful and shows strength and great energy. One needs to pay attention to the anatomical realism of this work. It captures with exactness a certain struggle right before an event. The statue is very busy and there is an unquestionable suffering seen in it.
Felix de Weldon's choice of representing the sole Torso places humanity in any given time, revealing the climatic moment of a body's struggle for survival.
Museum - Rome
Laocöon Group by
Agesander, Athenodorus and Polydoros of Rhodes
(c. 175 - 150 BC)