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Lola Germon Brumidi

TitleLola Germon Brumidi
Artist/MakerConstantino Brumidi (1805  - 1880) 
Date1860 ca.
MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions h. 24 x  w. 20 in. ( h. 60.96 x  w. 50.8 cm)
Credit LineU.S. Senate Collection
Accession Number31.00020.000

  • Object Description
  • The young woman depicted in this portrait was the wife of Constantino Brumidi, the Italian-born artist who decorated the walls and ceilings of the U.S. Capitol from 1855 to 1880. Lola Germon Brumidi (1842–1918) occasionally modelled for Brumidi, and her features appear in his frescoes in the Capitol, most notably in the monumental The Apotheosis of Washington adorning the Capitol’s Rotunda.

    This bust-length, nearly profile portrait depicts Lola as a young woman wearing a black day dress with a white lace collar. Her alabaster skin shows a gold pendant earring to fine advantage, and her hair is arranged in fashionable long ringlets. A photograph of Lola from the Brumidi photograph album captures her wearing the distinctive pendant earrings in her maturity in the year 1870.

    In 1964, this unlabeled, unframed portrait was purchased by a husband and wife at an antiques shop on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The portrait’s owners identified the sitter as Lola Brumidi, and more than 50 years later, the widow donated the portrait to the Senate.