K-12 Teaching and Learning From the UNC School of Education

LEARN NC was a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education from 1997 – 2013. It provided lesson plans, professional development, and innovative web resources to support teachers, build community, and improve K-12 education in North Carolina. Learn NC is no longer supported by the School of Education – this is a historical archive of their website.

About this painting

Painting by Constantino Brumidi, The Apotheosis of Washington, 1865. Capitol Rotunda, Washington, D.C. Photograph by nickhall.

Date created
1865
License
This painting copyright ©2007. Terms of use
Source
Original image housed by U.S. Capitol Complex

See this painting in context

  • North Carolina History: A Sampler: A sample of the more than 800 pages of our digital textbook for North Carolina history, including background readings, various kinds of primary sources, and multimedia. Also includes an overview of the textbook and how to use it. (Page 7.3)

Related media

Learn more

In the classroom

  • See our collection of articles on visual literacy for ideas on using photographs meaningfully in the classroom.
Photograph of Constantino Brumidi's fresco in the Capitol dome, depicting George Washington's ascension to the heavens, flanked by angels and surrounded by figures representing war, science, commerce, mechanics, and agriculture.

Sizes available: 2016×1512 | 1024×768 | 450×338

Options: Zoom in and explore this image (new window)

Photograph of Constantino Brumidi’s 1865 fresco in the Capitol dome, entitled The Apotheosis of Washington. The fresco (a painting done on fresh, moist plaster) depicts George Washington’s apotheosis — or elevation to the rank of a god. In the painting, Washington has ascended to the heavens. He sits in the center of the image, with a rainbow at his feet. The female figures to his right and left represent Liberty and Victory/Fame. The thirteen other women in the central circle represent the original thirteen states. The outer ring contains figures symbolizing other important aspects of the young nation. Directly below Washington is War, followed by (proceeding clockwise) Science, Marine, Commerce, Mechanics, and Agriculture.

Brumidi spent eleven months painting the 4,664 square-foot fresco following the completion of the dome at the end of the Civil War.