National Geographic : 1964 Jan
Heroic Figures in the Lofty Dome Appear Life-size From the Floor In Brumidi's allegory, forms of the Thirteen States (inner circle) proclaim the strength of the Union: "E Pluribus Unum"-"Out of Many, One." Washington, the central figure, sits immortalized. Classical deities around the rim symbolize the Republic's growth. Counterclockwise, Ceres, riding a reaper, represents agriculture; Vulcan, with a ham mer, mechanics; Mercury, with a money bag, commerce; Neptune, with trident, and Aphrodite, holding the Atlantic cable, mari time progress; Minerva, arts and sciences; and armed Freedom, modeled after the aging artist's young wife, defeating tyranny. Two technicians and their police escort peer over the balustrade at right, showing the true height of the titans, some 15 feet. Craning foursome peers up at Brumidi's fresco. In John Trumbull's canvas, a life-size General Washington resigns his Army com 12 mission in the Annapolis State House.