Inspired by a sculpture group from the ancient "Laokoon Group"
The Laokoon group in the Vatican Museums is the most important portrayal of the death struggle Laokoons and his sons in the fine arts. The work has already been especially praised by Pliny the Elder  and after his rediscovery in 1506 gained great importance in the European intellectual world.
The sculpture of the sculptors Hagesandros, Polydoros and Athanadoros from Rhodes is preserved only in a 1.84 meter high marble copy from the second half of the 1st century BC or the beginning of the 1st century AD. The original was presumably a bronze sculpture made of Pergamon, which was not preserved until 200 BC.
"I therefore dare to repeat the fact that the group of Laocoon is at the same time a model of symmetry and diversity, of peace and movement, of opposites and gradations, which together, partly sensually and partly spiritually, present themselves to the spectator, In the high pathos of the imagination excite a pleasant sensation, and soften the storm of suffering and passion by grace and beauty. "
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe