Tales of Capitol Art

Colby Hochmuth - 11/20/12 12:06 AM EST
The Amateis Bronze Doors resemble a portal to an ancient world. The 13-foot-tall doors just outside the Rotunda evoke sidelong glances from passers-by and might even cause them to stop in their tracks.Cast from bronze, the doors consist of eight...
Zach Bergson - 07/31/12 12:13 AM EDT
When staffers and other visitors hustle through the Senate first floor, many might be oblivious to the ornate Italian frescos surrounding them. Over the next few years, however, they might have no choice but to notice.The Brumidi fresco, which spans...
Debbie Siegelbaum - 06/06/12 12:16 AM EDT
When most Americans think of grand naval victories, few would likely list a battle fought on one of the nation’s Great Lakes. And yet that is the scene of one of the Capitol’s loveliest paintings, depicting a critical clash during the War of 1812...
Kris Kitto - 05/14/12 10:45 PM EDT
A well-placed piece of art provided House Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier (R-Calif.) a lifeline when he needed it most.It was his committee’s first hearing of the 112th Congress — on the repeal of the healthcare reform bill — and it lasted...
Colby Hochmuth - 10/23/12 11:48 PM EDT
Those taking in the Capitol’s New York Harbor mural might be inclined to reach out and touch it. They’d be surprised, however, to find that they’re not feeling a stone carving, but an oil-on-canvas painting.Sitting above an elevator in a first-floor...
Zach Bergson - 07/02/12 11:40 PM EDT
Tucked away in a corner of the Capitol hang three paintings that tell the story of the Civil War. The paintings’ subject is Fort Sumter — the South Carolina naval base where America’s bloodiest war began. Though the fort is best remembered for the...
Zach Bergson - 05/21/12 11:59 PM EDT
Quiet Montana senator memorialized, whether he wanted to be or not.Mike Mansfield, a senator from Montana and the longest-serving majority leader in congressional history, had no patience for portraits. According to the Senate curator’s office,...
By Greg Beckwith - 03/12/12 11:50 PM EDT
Of the many statues and paintings on display in the Capitol, the newest addition to this collection may be the most distinctive yet. Gathering in the Capitol Visitor Center (CVC) recently, House and Senate leaders unveiled a commemorative stone...

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