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War and Peace

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The statues of War and Peace flanked the doors to the Capitol Rotunda. Over the years both statues deteriorated badly, and in 1958 they were removed during the extension of the Capitol's East Front.

Luigi Persico
Artist

Marble
East Front
U.S. Capitol

A White marble statues, War and Peace, placed in niches on the East Front portico, flanking the doors to the Capitol Rotunda.

The marble statues of War and Peace were executed by Luigi Persico in Italy and arrived at the U.S. Capitol Building in 1834. They were placed in niches on the East Front portico, flanking the doors to the Capitol Rotunda. Over the following years both statues deteriorated badly, and in 1958 they were removed during the extension of the Capitol's East Front. The defaced figures were mended so that plaster models could be made from the originals by George Gianetti of Washington, D.C. Carvers then reproduced the new figures in Vermont marble, and they were placed in 1960. The 1958 plaster models of War and Peace may be seen in the Cannon House Office Building rotunda, subway level.

The Statue — War

Carved in 1958 after the original by Luigi Persico
Niche right of east central entrance

Clad in the costume of a Roman warrior, War stands with a firm, sedate countenance and with no evidence of rage or fury. He assumes the attitude of listening to Peace who stands on his right.

The Statue — Peace

Carved in 1958 after the original by Luigi Persico
Niche left of east central entrance

Draped in simple flowing robes, Peace holds in her left hand a fruit-bearing olive branch which she extends toward War. Her attitude is one of sympathy for mankind.

Last Updated: February 04, 2016