The Death of Decius Mus

The Death of Decius Mus, 1617, Peter Paul Rubens
289 cm518 cm

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. Source

The Roman General Decius Mus sacrifices himself in a battle with the Latins, the fall of a secular saint. The clouds open and sunlight streams down on the fallen man. His face is transfigured, almost extatic — an expression recognizable in the Laocoon, or the Extasy of St. Theresa. The "exemplum doloris" — the vision of heroic pain.

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