Vertical

It’s time for our alphabet letter of the week and we are on the letter V.

 I’m linking up with Jenny at Alphabe-Thursday.

 I am choosing the 2nd definition listed in the dictionary for vertical.

Situated at the vertex or highest point; directly overhead.

I’m heading back to our Spring trip in Washington D.C. to the U.S. Capitol to show you what I photographed at the highest point.

The Apotheosis of Washington is the immense fresco painted by Italian artist Constantino Brumidi in 1865 and visible through the oculus of the dome in the rotunda of the United States Capitol Building. The fresco is suspended 180 feet (55 m) above the rotunda floor and covers an area of 4,664 square feet (433.3 m2). The figures painted are up to 15 feet (4.6 m) tall and are visible from the floor below. The dome was completed in 1863, and Brumidi painted it over the course of 11 months at the end of the Civil War. He was paid $40,000 ($711,135 adjusted for inflation, as of 30 December 2009) for the fresco.

If you ever visit Washington D.C. I would recommend the Capitol tour. It was well worth the time.

Is it getting cooler in your neck of the woods? We have been experiencing some cooler temps here in the Pacific Northwest.

Hope to see your V posts soon!

28 thoughts on “Vertical

  1. How cool is that? The people painted in the dome look so happy! I like looking at happy people paintings. Thanks for sharing.

    Yes, it’s cold here today. I think our high today was 52* Chilly.

    Jody

  2. Such beautiful details… Now who is represented in that mural way up there? I’m going to have to Google. I’ve not visited the Capitol since I was sixteen. My sense is that I’ll not return even though I’m sure that I would enjoy and appreciate the experience much more now.

  3. Oh so amazing! I cannot begin to imagine the time and effort to paint that! We enjoyed seeing this when we were in D.C. for one of our visits. Thank you for sharing your wonderful photos!

    Blessings & Aloha!
    Thank you again for your lovely visit and sweet comment.

  4. Hooray! It is finally getting cooler here…we’re barely over 100 – woo hoo!

    What a beautiful post. I always wanted to take a blanket and lay on the ground so I could really study that ceiling. Each time I’ve been to the Capital Building I’ve debated with myself if they would arrest me if I actually did it!

    Thanks for a lovely link this week.

    A+

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