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The Frieze of American History in the Rotunda of the United States Capitol
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Painted Portrait of Benjamin Henry Latrobe
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Capitol Hill, with its rich history and iconic buildings, allows for an eclectic mix of professions. Jim Saenger, the Capitol’s Carillonneur, has perhaps one of the most unique and least visible jobs on the Hill.
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Women in Art

Artwork in the United States Capitol and legislative buildings featuring women is listed below.

These women have played significant roles in the development of the American nation from colonial times through the modern era. In addition to these figures, numerous unidentified women appear in historical works and in generalized scenes of American life; many allegorical figures, such as the Statue of Freedom, are female.

See also: Women Artists

Paintings and Portraits

Statues and Busts

Murals

  • Captain Smith and Pocahontas
    Fresco by Constantino Brumidi, 1880. Scene in the Rotunda frieze.
  • Challenger (depicts Christa McAulliffe and Judy Resnik)
    Oil-on-canvas mural by Charles Schmidt, 1987. Located in the Senate wing, first floor, outside Room S-121.
  • Clara Barton (vignette)
    Oil-on-canvas mural by Allyn Cox, 1982. Located in the House wing, first floor, central east-west corridor (Great Experiment Hall).
  • Ann Hutchinson (vignette)
    Oil-on-canvas mural by Allyn Cox, 1982. Located in the House wing, first floor, central east-west corridor (Great Experiment Hall).
  • Jeannette Rankin (vignette)
    Oil-on-canvas mural by Allyn Cox, 1982. Located in the House wing, first floor, central east-west corridor (Great Experiment Hall).
  • Rotunda as a Hospital During the Civil War, 1862 (depicts Clara Barton)
    Oil-on-canvas mural by Allyn Cox, 1974. Located in the House wing, first floor, east corridor (Hall of Capitols).
  • Women's Suffrage Parade (depicts Anna Howard Shaw and Carrie Chapman Catt)
    Oil-on-canvas mural by Allyn Cox, 1982. Located in the House wing, first floor, central east-west corridor (Great Experiment Hall).

Interior Sculpture

  • Preservation of Captain John Smith by Pocahontas
    Sandstone relief by Antonio Capellano, 1825. Located in the Rotunda, above west door.

Exterior Sculpture

Columbus Doors
Queen Isabella, in door panel "Audience at the Court of Ferdinand and Isabella" and statue in niche beside panel.

  • Lady Beatrix de Bobadilla, statue in niche beside door panel "Departure from the Convent of La Rábida".
  • Bronze by Randolph Rogers, 1861. Located in the East Rotunda entrance.