Constantino Brumidi Bronze Medal
This bronze medal, a duplicate of the Congressional Gold Medal awarded to Constantino Brumidi (1805-1880), recognizes and honors his contributions as a designer of murals in the U.S. Capitol Building. His many accomplishments included:
- Designing and painting murals in the House and Senate wings of the Capitol between 1855 and 1880
- Creating murals in the Senate Reception Room, the President’s Room, the Senate Appropriations Committee Rooms, and the Brumidi Corridors
- Painting his masterpiece, “The Apotheosis of Washington,” in the eye of the Capitol dome and the Frieze of American History around its base
- Creating the first tribute to a Black American in the Capitol Building with the figure of Crispus Attucks, the focal point off his fresco of the Boston Massacre
Brumidi was born in Rome of a Greek father and Italian mother. He came to the U.S. in 1852 and became a citizen in 1857. His life and work exemplify the lives of millions of immigrants who came to this country to pursue the American dream.
Congress authorized the medal on July 1, 2008. It was presented posthumously on July 11, 2012.
The obverse depicts a portrait of Constantino Brumidi within a decorative border based on his designs.
The reverse features the central portion of Brumidi's "The Apotheosis of Washington."
- CONSTANTINO BRUMIDI
- ARTIST of the CAPITOL
- 2008 ACT OF CONGRESS
Mint and Mint Mark
- Don Everhart, Sculptor-Engraver