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Apotheosis of Washington

The Apotheosis of Washington in the eye of the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol was painted in the true fresco technique by Constantino Brumidi in 1865.


Prior to the 2015-2016 Rotunda Interior Restoration.


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Taken on August 26, 2011