Architect of the Capitol employees are responsible for the care and preservation of more than 300 works of art, architectural elements, landscape features and more.

Browse our pieces below or learn more about the artists, collections and subjects.

Clearing Land

Two settlers use a team of oxen to remove the stumps of newly felled trees while, in the background, others build a log hut next to an inland river.

Colonization of New England

Early settlers cut and saw trees and use the lumber to construct a building, possibly a warehouse for their supplies.

Corinthian Columns

Corinthian columns are the most ornate, slender and sleek of the three Greek orders.

Corncob or Cornstalk Columns and Capitals

Some of the oldest and most famous interior features of the Capitol are located near the entrance to the Old Supreme Court Chamber. These six corncob columns, designed ca. 1808 by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, are among the most unusual and significant architectural works of the early Republic.

Cortez and Montezuma at Mexican Temple

The Spaniard Hernando Cortez, conqueror of Mexico, enters the Aztec temple in 1519. He is welcomed by Emperor Montezuma II, who thought Cortez was a god. The calendar stone and idols are based on sketches that artist Constantino Brumidi made in Mexico City. (1520)

Court of Neptune

Passersby enjoy the play of the jets of water on the majestic, bearded and muscular king of the sea; his sons the tritons blowing conches; the frolicking, horseback-riding Nereids (sea nymphs); and

Covered Wagons

Two different types of covered wagons are shown, along with livestock and a family of settlers cooking a meal over an open fire.

Cox Corridors Murals

Designed by renowned artist Allyn Cox (1896-1982), three corridors on the first floor of the U.S. Capitol's House wing are elaborately decorated with wall and ceiling murals that include historical scenes, portraits and maps related to the development and growth of the United States.

Crawford W. Long Statue

This statue of Crawford W. Long was given to the National Statuary Hall Collection by Georgia in 1926.