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Six Special Rooms by Brumidi

By AOC Staff

Constantino Brumidi decorated many walls and ceilings in the U.S. Capitol, including six important congressional rooms.

Brumidi's "War" is portrayed by Minerva, goddess of wisdom and battle, flying across a landscape accompanied by a cherub riding on an eagle.
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