Although El Greco was Greek by birth, he ignored the mythology and history of his fatherland. The only exception was this canvas of Laocoön and his sons. Greco probably painted this for his own pleasure, a challenge to the famous sculpture group discovered in 1506, which was one of the sights of Rome when he visited that city on 1569. He seems to never have sold his version of the myth, for a Laocoön was listed in the inventory of his estate in 1614.
(Source: dothepain, via hotlesbiantrapqueen)