FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Elissa Ruffino (NIAF) 202/939-3106 or firstname.lastname@example.org
(Washington, DC – August 6, 2003) A resolution, recognizing the life and work of artist Constantino Brumidi, was recently introduced in the United States Congress. This resolution was encouraged by the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) working in conjunction with the Constantino Brumidi Society. Congressman John Mica, co-chairman of the Italian American Congressional Delegation, has introduced the resolution in the House of Representatives (HCR 264) while Senator Trent Lott introduced the resolution in the Senate (SCR 61).
“Brumidi is emblematic of the American dream. He represents both the bountiful opportunities that the United States promises, as well as, the contributions of immigrants who came to our shores. He is a great source of pride to our heritage,” Frank Guarini, NIAF chairman and former U.S. Congressman from New Jersey, said.
The year 2005 will be the 200th anniversary of the birth of Constantino Brumidi and the 150th anniversary of the beginning of his artistic career in the Capitol. This resolution serves as the first step towards appropriately celebrating his life and career.
Often referred to as the “Michelangelo of the Capitol,” Brumidi worked for 25 years beautifying the United States Capitol. Best known for his fresco painting of The Apotheosis of George Washington in the rotunda, his works in the Capitol are visible in six committee rooms and both the Vice President and President rooms.
Born and trained in Rome, Brumidi immigrated to the United States in 1852 after working in the Vatican and in Roman palaces. While his chief work was done in Washington, he also painted in churches in Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City.