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Constantino Brumidi Congressional Gold Medal Project 2005

Constantino Brumidi Congressional Gold Medal Project 2005

CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL FOR ITALIAN ARTIST AND IMMIGRANT-CITIZEN CONSTANTINO BRUMIDI, THE MICHELANGELO OF THE U.S. CAPITOL.

This year marks the bicentennial of one of the most important immigrants from Italy ever to become an American citizen -- Constantino Brumidi, "the Michelangelo" of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. He is America's ideal immigrant-citizen, who brought the best of Italy to the United States. He was born in Rome, Italy on July 26, 1805 to an Italian mother. His father was from Greece. Brumidi studied art in Rome and painted in churches and palaces there and at the Vatican. He was a master of the art techniqe of "true" fresco. He painted the portrait of Pope Pius IX which is now in the Vatican museum.  He arrived in New York City in 1852 and began painting in Catholic churches there. In 1855, he began his 25 year career of painting in the Capitol building in Washington. He died in 1880 and is buried in Glenwood Cemetery in Washington

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