Sculpture, they say is the greatest of all artworks. The Trojan priest Laocoon and his two sons were locked in the coils of two serpents. Notice the fear of death and courage in this marble statue, said to have been made by Hagesandros, a famous sculptor from Rhodes. Legend has it the Laocoon has warned its people against Greek giving gifts and in particular seeing the Trojan Horse in his visions. This angered Athene while other school of thought said Poseidon who favored the Greeks and sent these serpents to kill Laocoon.
This is just one of the many secrets and treasures of the Vatican Museums, particularly at the Pio-Clementine Museum. One monumental marble statue.