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The art in the Senate wing of the U.S. Capitol and the Senate office buildings has been acquired principally for its public, patriotic, and commemorative characteristics. The Senate's art is intended to commit to posterity the persons and events of our national history, centered upon the institution of the Senate and the founding of the Republic.



Nelson Aldrich by Paul Peter Kiehart Paintings spanning over 200 years of American history, by some of the country’s preeminent artists.
Be sheekee, or BuffaloThe sculpture collection celebrates the great figures of our national history.
Graphic Art
"The Soul of Blaine" Still on the Rampage.Over 1,000 graphic images that document the Senate, the Capitol, and American political history.
Decorative Art
Russell Senate Office Building Round Arm Swivel ChairThe Senate's collection of decorative art includes a wide array of historic objects associated with the Senate and the U.S. Capitol.
[Daniel Webster]Browse an alphabetical list of individuals who are the primary subjects of portraits in the Senate Collection.


Online Exhibits
Desk Homepage Online exhibits about the Senate’s history as seen through its art and historical collections.
Special Collections
John AdamsSpecialized collections including presidential inaugural memorabilia, vice presidential busts and more.
graphic art catalogue coverBooks and brochures about Senate art and the Capitol available online.
Collection Spotlight
William H. FristRecent acquisitions and interesting works from the Senate Collection, including newly commissioned portraits.


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Art Related Links

Office of the Senate Curator
Senate Catalogue of Fine Art
Senate Catalogue of Graphic Art
Image Reproduction Requests

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