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Honor Constantino Brumidi with the Gold Medal Ceremony

Constantino Brumidi, the “Artist of the Capitol,” who was born in Rome, Italy in 1805 and died in Washington, D.C. in 1880, had a 25 year career, from 1855 to 1880, painting in the most important building in the United States – The U.S. Capitol Building. His legacy there includes the corridors of the Senate wing, the President’s Room, the Senate Reception Room and the present Senate Appropriations Committee Room. Two of his greatest paintings: “The Apotheosis of Washington” and “The Frieze of American History,” are in the Rotunda of the Capitol, America’s most central and significant interior secular space.

For these achievements, Congress, in 2008, voted overwhelmingly to award Brumidi, posthumously, America’s highest civilian honor: The Congressional Gold Medal. President Bush signed the legislation on July 1, 2008, more than three years ago. The medal has been designed, minted and is ready to be presented, yet Congressional leaders have not taken the time to make the presentation, in the Rotunda, where traditionally the Gold Medal presentation ceremonies take place. Congressional leaders in the House and Senate need to set a date for this important ceremony as soon as possible.

 

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