Thursday, May 14, 2009

U.S. Capitol Rotunda - Pilgrims in Prayer

According to the Architect of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., there is a painting in the Rotunda showing the pilgrims about to embark on their voyage to the New World. Here is the description (as you read it, keep in mind all those who say our country has no Christian roots):

Robert W. Weir
Oil on canvas, 12' x 18'
Commissioned 1837; placed 1844

"Protestant pilgrims are shown on the deck of the ship Speedwell before their departure for the New World from Delft Haven, Holland, on July 22, 1620. William Brewster, holding the Bible, and pastor John Robinson lead Governor Carver, William Bradford, Miles Standish, and their families in prayer. The prominence of women and children suggests the importance of the family in the community. At the left side of the painting is a rainbow, which symbolizes hope and divine protection.

"Weir (1803–1890) had studied art in Italy and taught art at the military academy at West Point."

See more at the Architect of the U.S. Capitol website

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