Notes and Links
The Constitution in American political culture
The Constitution in art
Levin comments on the paucity of fine visual art representations of American constitutionalism, saying that Christy's "We the People" is the only artistic representation of the Constitution that compares with all of the famous depictions of the Revolution" (13).
- The website TeachingAmericanHistory.org offers images of nine paintings and prints about the Convention. The commentary associated with each one (follow the links) is quite useful.
- The website of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives has a page on the Old Hall of the House, which shows Samuel F.B. Morse's 1822 "The House of Representatives." The Supreme Court, oddly, appears along the far wall under the Declaration of Independence.
- Aside from the Constitution, iconography of the Founders can get quite religious: consider "The Apotheosis of Washington," the ceiling fresco on the inside of the Capitol Rotunda. Here's a nice chapter with photos from a Government Printing Office book on the artist, Constantino Brumidi: Artist of the Capitol.
- Consider this one for over-the-topness: Washington Giving the Laws to America." For some commentary, see this page (scroll to the bottom of the page).
- This modern religious-patriotic allegory, "One Nation Under God" by Jon McNaughton, offers an even less nuanced interpretation
- Neat license-plate sculpture: Mike Wilkens, "Preamble" (1987), at the Smithsonian American Art Museum
(for Zuni fetish carvings visit this site)
Authorizing legislation for the Bicentennial Commission
Public Law 98-101 (97 Stat. 719). Find this by going to this online source (Constitution.org) for Statutes at Large; navigating to volume 97 (a very large PDF file, 86 mb), and then jumping down to page 737 of the PDF document.
This page written by Randall Calvert © 2012. Email comments and questions to calvert at wustl