Brumidi depicted George Washington
rising to the heavens in glory, flanked by
female figures representing Liberty and
Victory/Fame. A rainbow arches at his
feet, and thirteen maidens symbolizing
the original states flank the three central
figures.
The word "apotheosis" in the title means
literally the raising of a person to the
rank of a god, or the glorification of a
person as an ideal.
George Washington was honored as a
national icon in the nineteenth century.
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