Sunday, May 19, 2013

Apotheosis

In The Capitol 4 (Apotheosis of Washington 1)

Fancy word, apotheosis. Who in the history of this country deserves such exaltation? George Washington, of course. Father of our country. The dude whose face is on the $1 bill, making it iconic. The Apotheosis of Washington is the fresco that covers the very top of the interior of the Capitol dome. You can't see much detail from down on the floor without binoculars or a telephoto lens.

I don't think modern Americans know much of anything about Washington. Sure, chief general in our Revolutionary War, crossed the Delaware River in a rowboat in the middle of winter, chopped down a cherry tree when he was a kid, first president. Oh, and that face on money thing. Ask people on the street something beyond that.      

In The Capitol 5 (Apotheosis of Washington detail 2)

In The Capitol 5 (Apotheosis of Washington detail 1)

In The Capitol 5 (Apotheosis of Washington 2)

5 comments:

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

What I remember most is what my 9th grade science teacher told us, how his death came about by his doctors bleeding him to death.

Memphis MOJO said...

Don't forget the wooden teeth, or did he?

William Kendall said...

It's an impressive painting. Second time in the last few days that I've seen it.

Everything that I've read of him, he was an extraordinary man.

Jack said...

Apotheosis? That is a word I hardly ever use. OK. Never.

The mural is one that looks good from a distance but doesn't hold up to a close look.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Beautifully shown Bob. Yes it is a worry how uninterested people are these days in the history of their country, it happens everywhere.