Slideshow: The artist of the nation’s Capitol |

Slideshow: The artist of the nation’s Capitol

WASHINGTON ” Hired to decorate the Senate wing of the Capitol, Constantino Brumidi dipped his paintbrushes into a rainbow of colors and directed teams of painters to create some of the most magnificent artwork in Washington.

But more than a century’s worth of grime and layers of paint brushed over his 19th century masterpieces in misguided attempts to restore them have dimmed the luster in what are known as the Brumidi Corridors. Slowly, though, it’s been getting brighter down the hall.

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