My Wife Anne de la Roch

I just finished this etching and I am very proud of it.  I am definitely going to get it framed and I think that I will put it in one of those fancy gold leaf wood frames.  My wife is shy, as you can see from the way she is looking down and she would only let me sketch her from a side view.  I married Anne-Roch de Valous in 1773, because I liked the shape of her head and a guy could do a lot worse as she was an excellent cook.  I believe that the shape of a person’s head provides a window into their personality.  Anne was not all that great in the sack, but she did satisfy my needs when they arose.

Forget the picture of my wife as below I have the head of priest Laocoön who was a famous seer and an important part of the Trojan war.  Laocoön begged the Trojans to set fire to the gigantic wooden horse that was left behind as the Achaeans made it look like they were withdrawing from the battlefield to ensure that it was not some type of a trick.  Athena was angry with him and the Trojans, so she shook the ground around Laocoön’s feet and painfully blinded him.  The Trojans, watching this unfold, assumed Laocoön was punished for them throwing a spear against the side of the horse, mutilating it and doubting Sinon, the undercover Greek soldier sent to convince the Trojans to let him and the horse inside their city walls.  Thus, the Trojans wheeled the great wooden Horse in, but Laocoön was persistent and he would not give up trying to convince the Trojans to burn the horse, saying that they should always “beware Greeks bearing gifts”, so Athena made him pay even further.  She sent two giant sea serpents to strangle and kill him and his two sons Antiphantes and Thymbraeus.

Laocoön was the chief priest of Apollo within Troy, and he probably acquired his abilities to see into the future from Apollo who had the magic to allow people to truly see the future.  Apollo fell in love with the princess Kassandra, or Cassandra, and he gave her with the gift of prophecy.  Laocoön had angered Apollo by not remaining celibate, as the god expected his priest to do, and others think that it was Apollo who sent the two sea serpents, because Laocoön dared to sleep with his wife inside of the temple in front of his divine image.  Whether or not that is the head of Laocoön, it still makes a pretty good story, which I always enjoy telling.

Written for Teresa Grabs Daily Writing Prompt where she asks us to write about the Jean Jacques de Boissieu Self Portrait where he is holding a portrait of his wife.

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