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Peter Paul Rubens

The Death of Decius Mus

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. SourceDownload

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

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