GRECO, El Laokoön 1610
In the Aeneid Virgil tells about how Laocoön tried to warn his fellow Trojans against the wooden horse. Those lines are the source of the saying: Beware of Greeks bearing gifts. But the Roman goddess Minerva, who was supporting the Greeks, sent sea-serpents to strangle Laocoön and his two sons, Antiphantes and Thymbraeus.
El Greco probably knew both the sculptured group in Rome, uncovered at the beginning of the sixteenth century, and the classical story, but interpreted it in an entirely independent way.