Les Antiques de Rome
In 1506, the Laocoön Group was rediscovered in a fragmentary state not far from the Coliseum. The Musée des Beaux-Arts d'Orléans presents a series of engravings picturing the missing parts of the sculpture along with nineteenth-century caricatures (cartoons) of this iconic sculpture. Other Vatican antiques as well as Roman ruins were the subject of many engravings circulated across Europe. This exhibition is presented in the Cabinet d'arts graphiques on the third floor of the museum.