Revolutionary War Heroes in the Art of the U.S. Capitol

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Revolutionary War Heroes in the Art of the U.S. Capitol
Farar Elliott
Curator, U.S. House of Representatives
November 15, 2013
00:47:59

In the early nineteenth century, Americans searched for icons to unite them as a new nation, particularly ones that evoked civic virtue. The only symbols that the fractured and growing nation could agree on were Revolutionary War heroes. Ms. Elliott examines how the art commissioned for the Capitol, particularly paintings of George Washington, fulfilled this need for unifying symbols.

Video courtesy of C-SPAN’s American History TV