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The ‘Proclamation of Union (January 24, 1959)’ painting by Theodor Aman is the ‘Exhibit of the Month’ at the National History Museum of Romania and the mini-exhibition dedicated to it will open on the Union Day, January 24, in the Central Lobby of the museum in Calea Victoriei. A military musical recital will start at 14:00 on the museum esplanade, offered by the Romanian Gendarmerie Brass Band, dedicated to the 154th anniversary of the Unification of Romanian Principalities. The oil on canvas captures a crucial moment in Romania’s history and shows the members of the Elective Assembly in Bucharest voting Alexandru Ioan Cuza as the ruler of the Romanian Countries, on January 24, 1859. The 62 men are presented in a pose attitude, the author suggesting at the same time the pressure of the popular masses outside, gathered around the Metropolitan Church, on the deputies in the hall. The painting was done in 1861. In January 1859, Alexandru Ioan Cuza’s double election in Moldavia and then in Walachia led to the unification of the two Romanian countries. It was an act of courage on the part of Romanian politicians of the time, who respected to the letter the decision of the big powers that the United Principalities should have distinct rulers, however proving the wisdom of proceeding in such a way as to never be blamed for breaching the Paris Convention. Next to Theodor Aman’s painting, other items related to the Union of the Principalities and ruler Alexandru Ioan Cuza will be also showcased. The mini-exhibition is open from January 24 to February 15, 2013, Wednesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 17:00.