Constantino Brumidi, an Italian American Artist


Constantino Brumidi (July 26, 1805 – February 19, 1880),born in Rome, was an Italian/Greek-American historical painter, best known and honored for his fresco work in the Capitol Building in Washington, DC. he became a naturalized citizen in 1852 and resided in New York City.

Constantino Brumidi

From the Apotheosis of George Washington

In 1854 Brumidi went to Mexico, where he painted an allegorical representation of the Holy Trinity in the Mexico City cathedral. On his way back to New York he stopped at Washington D.C. and visited the Capitol where he offered his services to paint the Capitol interior. He settled into the position of a Government painter; his chief work in Washington done in the rotunda of the Capitol and included the Apotheosis of George Washington in the dome, as well as other allegories and scenes from American history. The hallways in the Senate side of the Capitol are now known as the Brumidi Corridors.
In the Cathedral-Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he pictured St. Peter and St. Paul. Brumidi was a capable, if conventional painter, and his black and white modeling in the work at Washington, in imitation of bas-relief, is strikingly effective. He decorated the entrance hall of Saleaudo, located at Frederick, Maryland,  listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.
Brumidi died in Washington, DC.

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