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Art Catalogues & Other Books

United States Senate Catalogue of Fine Art . U.S. Senate Commission on Art. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2002.

To the surprise of many visitors, the interior of the U.S. Capitol abounds in magnificent art that rivals even its exterior architectural splendor. The United States Senate Catalogue of Fine Art, prepared by the Office of Senate Curator, marks the first time that the Senate has presented its entire collection of fine art in a publication, complete with color reproductions and informative text about the creation and background of each work.

United States Senate Catalogue of Graphic Art . U.S. Senate Commission on Art. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2006.

The United States Catalogue of Graphic Art marks the first comprehensive publication of the approximately 1,000 prints that constitute the Senate’s collection. Offering a variety of perspectives on the Senate of the 19th and 20th centuries, the prints provide insight into a time quite different than the media-saturated world of today.

To Make Beautiful the Capitol: Rediscovering the Art of Constantino Brumidi. Prepared under the direction of the U.S. Senate Commission on Art. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 2014.

Over a span of 25 years, artist Constantino Brumidi (1805–1880) decorated the walls and ceilings of the U.S. Capitol. To Make Beautiful the Capitol is generously illustrated with full page views and never-before published details that showcase Brumidi’s art. The six in-depth chapters explore topics such as the recent conservation efforts to restore Brumidi’s murals to their original appearance, as well as the inspiration for his artwork, from classical themes to the westward expansion of the nation.

The Art & History bibliography lists more literature about the U.S. Senate and the U.S. Capitol.