National Geographic : 1952 Aug
185 Ektachrolmes by Willard R. Culver * Vespucius, Columbus, Franklin, and Elder Brewster Represent Forces That Shaped America Exploration, Discovery, History, and Religion are symbolized by the four men at the bottom of these pages. To characterize his subjects, Brumidi immersed himself in stories of his adopted land. Said the artist: "My one ambition and my daily prayer is that I may live long enough to make beautiful the Capitol of the one country on earth in which there is liberty." The four portraits are frescoed at corners of the President's Room (page 183). Picture moldings, which stand out like marble or wood, actually have no depth, the artist having painted them flat with oil on dry plaster. Medallions at the corners show State seals.