The Constantino Brumidi Bronze Medal

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Background

This bronze medal, a duplicate of the Congressional Gold Medal awarded posthumously to Constantino Brumidi (1805-1880), recognizes and honors his contributions to our Nation 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.

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Characteristics

The obverse (heads side) depicts a portrait of Constantino Brumidi within a decorative border based on his designs.

The reverse (tails) features the central portion of Brumidi’s "The Apotheosis of Washington."

Obverse Inscriptions

  •  CONSTANTINO BRUMIDI

Reverse Inscriptions

  • ARTIST of the CAPITOL
  • 2008 ACT OF CONGRESS

Mint and Mint Mark

Artist Information

  • Don Everhart, Sculptor-Engraver
Content last reviewed June 1, 2016

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