Neptune, in marine state, bearing his trident, in his car, accompanied by his charioteer and attendants, is emerging astonished from the deep. The beautiful Aphrodite (Venus), borne of the sea foam, half risen from the waves, holds in her hand the Atlantic Cable, given her by a winged cherub, and is about dropping it into the sea. (Wyeth)

Return to The Apotheosis of Washington: Brumidi's Fresco and Beyond