Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Birds by Constantino Brumidi
Part of the United States Senate's website, this online exhibition features some enlargeable images from the Senate's corridors of the designs of birds painted by the Italian/Greek-American historical painter, Constantino Brumidi (1805-1880).
Capitalising on a growing interest in ornithology in the early part of the 19th century, and inspired by early 15th-century Renaissance frescoes in the Vatican Palace, Constantino Brumidi spent more than 25 years of his life painting, decorating, and beautifying the corridors, committee rooms, and Rotunda of the Capitol, with designs of more than 350 individual birds from at least 100 species. The corridors are still known as the Brumidi corridors to this day.