The Apotheosis of Washington

Barrie Woodward

Joined June 2011

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The Apotheosis is 180 feet up in the rotunda of the Capital Building and was painted by Constantino Brumidi in 1865. It depicts George Washington rising to the heavens, flanked by female figures representing Liberty and Victory/Fame. A rainbow arches at his feet, and thirteen maidens symbolizing the original states flank the three central figures.

There are six groups of figures lining the perimeter of the canopy;

Starting at 6o’clock and going clockwise …

Science, with Minerva teaching Benjamin Franklin, Robert Fulton, and Samuel F.B. Morse
Marine, with Neptune holding his trident and Venus holding the transatlantic cable, which was being laid at the time the fresco was painted
Commerce, with Mercury handing a bag of money to Robert Morris, financier of the American Revolution
Mechanics, with Vulcan at the anvil and forge, producing a cannon and a steam engine
Agriculture, with Ceres seated on the McCormick Reaper, accompanied by America in a red liberty cap and Flora picking flowers.
War, with Armed Freedom and the eagle defeating Tyranny and Kingly Power

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