Portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama
The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. on Tuesday unveiled the portraits of former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama painted by black artists.
Kehinde Wiley of Brooklyn, N.Y., painted President Obama and Amy Sherald of Baltimore painted Michelle Obama.
Wiley and Sherald are the first black artists commissioned by the Smithsonian to paint the portraits of a former President and First Lady.
At the unveiling, both the former President and First Lady commented on the process of having their portraits made. President Obama said, “I tried to get artist to make my ears smaller and show less gray hair, but he refused.”
There will be two sets of official portraits. One set will hang in the White House and these will hang in the Smithsonian. The portraits will be on display in the newly renovated America’s Presidents Gallery.