The Death of Decius Mus

Peter Paul Rubens, 1616 – 1617
The Death of Decius Mus, Peter Paul Rubens
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The Death of Decius Mus is a Rococo Oil on Canvas Painting created by Peter Paul Rubens from 1616 to 1617. It lives at the Liechtenstein Museum in Vienna. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged War, Violence and Death in Art. SourceDownloadSee The Death of Decius Mus in the Kaleidoscope

The Roman General Decius Mus sacrifices himself in a battle with the Latins, the fall of a secular saint. Sunlight streams down on the dying warrior. He meets his end transfigured, almost extatic—an expression of exemplum doloris, recognizable in the Laocoon or the Ecstasy of St. Theresa. A vision of pain borne with heroic dignity.

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