The Genius of Connecticut
Artist: Randolph Rogers
1878 Bronze/Plaster

On display in the north lobby of the Capitol is the original plaster model used in the casting of the bronze Genius.

Randolph Rogers, the artist who designed the bronze "Columbus Doors" on the nation's Capitol, called the piece "The Angel of Resurrection".

The use of the word "genius" connotes that she is a protector figure or a symbol of the spirit of the people of Connecticut.

The model was made in Rome and the 3.5 ton, 17 feet 10 inches tall figure was cast in Munich, Germany.

The statue stood atop the Capitol dome from 1878 until 1938.

In 1938 a great hurricane hit the eastern coast of the country.

The Genius was damaged and people feared that she would fall from the dome.

After a long debate, the statue was removed and placed in the basement.

In 1942, the piece was donated to the federal government and melted down as part of the war effort to make ammunition and machine parts.

 

The Genius of Connecticut located in the Capitol lobby

The Genius of Connecticut

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Courtesy of the League of Women Voters of Connecticut, Inc.

In the statue's right hand (viewer's left) is a wreath of immortalis or dried flowers to symbolize long life.

In her other hand is a wreath of Mountain Laurel, the state flower.

On her head she wears white oak leaves for strength from our state tree.

The statue's outstretched wings are to protect the people of Connecticut.

The Genius has "Roman Toes"; her second toe is longer than the big toe. Some people believe that women with such toes will be placed in positions of power or importance.

The plaster model was restored in the 1980s.

At that time a special internal support system was designed for her wings and arms and she was painted bronze.

The roman numerals on the marble base are for 1878 (when the bronze statue was placed on the dome) and 1987 (when the model was given a new base).