Myths and Legends

Artists in the 18th century were encouraged to gain a close knowledge of Antique sculpture. Teaching materials in the form of casts after mainly Greek and Roman statues were therefore provided for the students in the Royal Academy schools and many of these are still in the Royal Academy's Collection today. Artists also made a close study of Classical mythology for subjects for their work as well as exploring legends and myths from other countries.
After Hagesandrus, Polidorus and Athenodorus of Rhodes, Laocoon and his Sons, (Roman version of a lost Greek original), [detail],  plaster cast, early 19th century. © Royal Academy of Arts, London

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