Murals in the Brumidi Corridors

The vaulted, ornately decorated corridors on the first floor of the Capitol's Senate wing are called the Brumidi Corridors in honor of Constantino Brumidi (1805-1880), who designed the murals and painted the major elements. Brumidi first painted his first fresco for the Capitol in 1855, and he spent much of the next 25 years until his death in 1880 decorating the interior spaces. Inspired by classical art in Rome, the corridor designs include panels with illusionistic moldings, scrolling vines, vases, and mythological figures integrated with American flora and fauna and historical portraits. Above many doorways Brumidi painted the semicircular lunettes with scenes appropriate to the committees that occupied the rooms at the time. Other major works by Brumidi in the Capitol include the "Frieze of American History" and "Apotheosis of George Washington," both in the Rotunda.