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Authentic And Authorized Giclée Framed Canvas Reproductions of Christian Religious Paintings

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Constantino Brumidi 
“The Michelangelo of the U S Capitol”
Constantino Brumidi, 1805-1880, was born in Rome and studied painting and sculpture at the Academia de San Luca.  He painted frescos in several Roman palaces.  In the 1840’s,  Pope Gregory XVI and later Pope Pius IX commissioned him to work at the Vatican.

In 1852, at the age of forty-seven, Brumidi immigrated to the United States. “I no longer have any desire for fame and fortune” he remarked upon arriving in the United States. “My one ambition and my daily prayer is that I may live long enough to make beautiful the Capitol of the one country on earth in which there is liberty.”

His Apotheosis of George Washington in the Capitol Rotunda reflects that spirit of freedom, with his magnificent fresco of a seated Washington surrounded by a semi-circle of 15 maidens. Seated at his right is Liberty and at his left a trumpeting winged Victory. 

The other 13 maidens represent the original thirteen states.  It is an allegorical fresco of George Washington, whose deeds and virtue have found him worthy of ascending into Heaven.

On June 10, 2008, Congress passed, and on September 1, 2008, President George W. Bush signed, Public Law 110-59 (122 Stat. 2430), which awarded the Congressional Gold Medal (posthumously) to Constantino Brumidi, to be displayed in the Capitol Visitor Center, as part of an exhibit honoring him.

[Pub L. 110-259]

Initial recipient George Washington; recent Pope John Paul II.

Brumidi is recognized not only as the last great Baroque artist but also as an expert in trompe l’oeil, “trick of the eye” illusionary painting. His St. Michael, Archangel, is an extraordinary example of two-dimensional art which gives the illusion of being a three-dimensional marble sculpture. One of his most fascinating and spiritually engulfing murals is the largest crucifixion mural (22 x 44 feet) in the United States. Located behind the altar at St. Stephen’s, an unusual aspect of his work is the placement of Mary Magdalene in the center of the mural, directly beneath the Crucifixion.

St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church’s new chapel, Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, in Charlotte, North Carolina, is the first recipient of Constantino Brumidi’s Stations of the Cross. Utilizing the Giclée process, these fourteen canvases represent the finest possible reproductions of Brumidi’s newly renovated paintings.

The Church of Our Lady of the Scapular and St. Stephen in New York City is home to the largest collection of Brumidi’s artwork outside of the United States Capitol Building.  Your financial support for the restoration of Brumidi’s frescoes and his other works of art aids in St. Stephen’s loss prevention and rescue program.  Call the church direct: 212-683-1675.

Our thanks is extended to the Church of Our Lady of the Scapular and St. Stephen's, the pastor Rev. Sean Harlow, O. Carm., Eva-Marie Lassiter, Executive Director;  Rev. Edward Sheridan, Pastor, St. Gabriel's Church, Jim and Natalie Beckert, Chapel of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Coordinators. 

[James Richard & John Patrick Alsop, Founders, Holy Art Works]


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