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THE DECIUS MUS CYCLE
Following lengthy negotiations which had started in 1692, Johann Adam Andreas I eventually acquired the monumental “Decius Mus Cycle” in 1693, thus considerably broadening the basis of the continually expanding collection of works by Rubens.
Rubens executed this cycle of eight paintings as cartoons for tapestries. The artist himself recorded that his patron was a "Genoese noble". The contract dated 9 November 1616 and drawn up between the Brussels weavers Jan Raes and Frans Sweerts and the Genoese trader Franco Cattaneo has been preserved. The first two weavings of the Decius Mus series done at the Brussels manufactory of Jan Raes the Elder were evidently so successful that in the 17th century a further 20 series were manufactured at various studios and in different dimensions. The Princely Collections have possessed several tapestries since the 19th century which are assumed to derive from the “editiones principes” of Jan Raes.

Shortly after they were acquired, a special room in the newly-built Liechtenstein city palace in Bankgasse was set aside for the “Decius Mus” series. Giovanni Giuliani was commissioned to make the frames and their elaborately carved and gilded cartouches. From 1807, when the Garden Palace in Rossau was opened to the public as a paintings gallery, to 1938 this monumental cycle formed the centrepiece of the gallery in which it is now once again on display.
Adam Bartsch, after Peter Paul Rubens
The Obsequies of Decius Mus

Copperplate etching, height 58,9 cm, width 90,8 cm
Inv.-No. GR700
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Domenico Mainardi, after Peter Paul Rubens
The Death of Decius Mus in the Battle of Veseris, 1733/1736

Charcoal drawing, white highlights, on blue paper, height 47,5 cm, width 86,2 cm
Inv.-No. GR669
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Domenico Mainardi, after Peter Paul Rubens
The Dismissal of the Lictors, 1733/1736

Charcoal drawing, white anc ochre highlights, on blue paper, height 48,4 cm, width 58 cm
Inv.-No. GR670
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Domenico Mainardi, after Peter Paul Rubens
The Obsequies of Decius Mus, 1733/1736

Charcoal drawing with white highlights,washed in grey, on blue paper, height 48,2 cm, width 86,2 cm
Inv.-No. GR668
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Gustav Adolph Müller, after Peter Paul Rubens
The Death of Decius Mus

Copperplate etching, height 54,7 cm, width 85,4 cm
Inv.-No. GR508
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Gustav Adolph Müller, after Peter Paul Rubens
The Dismissal of the Lictors

Copperplate etching, height 51,8 cm, width 57,2 cm
Inv.-No. GR509
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Jan II Raes, after Peter Paul Rubens
The Dismissal of the Lictors, 1616/1643

Wool, silk, height 398 cm, width 359 cm
Inv.-No. TA17
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Jan II Raes, after Peter Paul Rubens
The Consecration of Decius Mus, 1616/1643

Wool, silk, height 399 cm, width 402 cm
Inv.-No. TA18
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Peter Paul Rubens
Decius Mus relating his dream, 1616/1617

oil on canvas, height 294 cm, width 278 cm
Inv.-No. GE47
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Peter Paul Rubens
The Interpretation of the Victim, 1616/1617

Oil on canvas, height 294 cm, width 412 cm
Inv.-No. GE48
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Peter Paul Rubens
Decius Mus preparing for Death, 1616/1617

Oil on canvas, height 284 cm, width 336 cm
Inv.-No. GE49
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Peter Paul Rubens
The Dismissal of the Lictors, 1616/1617

Oil on canvas, height 286 cm, width 343 cm
Inv.-No. GE50
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Peter Paul Rubens
The Death of Decius Mus, 1616/1617

Oil on canvas, height 289 cm, width 518 cm
Inv.-No. GE51
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Peter Paul Rubens
The Obsequies of Decius Mus, 1616/1617

Oil on canvas, height 289 cm, width 515 cm
Inv.-No. GE52
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Peter Paul Rubens
The Trophy, 1616/1617

Oil on canvas, height 287 cm, width 125 cm
Inv.-No. GE53
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Jakob Matthias Schmutzer, after Peter Paul Rubens
Decius Mus relating his Dream

Coloured copperplate etching "à la poupée", height 47,8 cm, width 42,9 cm
Inv.-No. GR2233
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Jakob Matthias Schmutzer, after Peter Paul Rubens
The Interpretation of the Victim

Coloured copperplate etching "à la poupée", height 48,1 cm, width 67,1 cm
Inv.-No. GR2234
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Andreas Schmutzer, after Peter Paul Rubens
The Interpretation of the Victim

Copperplate etching, height 51,5 cm, width 64,7 cm
Inv.-No. GR510
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Joseph Schmutzer, after Peter Paul Rubens
The Interpretation of the Victim

Copperplate etching, height 51,5 cm, width 64,7 cm
Inv.-No. GR510
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Andreas Schmutzer, after Peter Paul Rubens
Decius Mus relating his Dream

Copperplate etching, height 54,4 cm, width 43,4 cm
Inv.-No. GR758
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Joseph Schmutzer, after Peter Paul Rubens
Decius Mus relating his Dream

Copperplate etching, height 54,4 cm, width 43,4 cm
Inv.-No. GR758
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Andreas Schmutzer, after Peter Paul Rubens
The Consecration of Decius Mus

Copperplate etching, height 51,6 cm, width 52,7 cm
Inv.-No. GR760
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Joseph Schmutzer, after Peter Paul Rubens
The Consecration of Decius Mus

Copperplate etching, height 51,6 cm, width 52,7 cm
Inv.-No. GR760
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Jakob Matthias Schmutzer, after Peter Paul Rubens
The Consecration of Decius Mus

Coloured copperplate etching "à la poupée", height 48 cm, width 53,9 cm
Inv.-No. GR2235
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Unknown engraver, after Peter Paul Rubens
The Dismissal of the Lictors

Coloured copperplate etching "à la poupée", height 48,9 cm, width 58,4 cm
Inv.-No. GR2236
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Unknown engraver, after Peter Paul Rubens
The Death of Decius Mus

Coloured copperplate etching "à la poupée", height 48,6 cm, width 87,3 cm
Inv.-No. GR2237
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Unknown engraver, after Peter Paul Rubens
The Obsequies of Decius Mus

Coloured copperplate etching "à la poupée", height 49,2 cm, width 87 cm
Inv.-No. GR2238
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