Current Events

The National Portrait Gallery Unveiled the Official Portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama

See the former first couple's official portraits here.
IMAGE SAUL LOEB/AFP/GETTY IMAGES
Comments

Former President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama are joining the ranks of other former presidents and first ladies at the National Portrait Gallery. The official portraits of the former first couple were unveiled today in Washington D.C.


The official portrait of Barack is by Kehinde Wiley and Michelle's portrait is by Amy Sherald.

The National Portrait Gallery posted a video of Barack unveiling his portrait on Twitter:



A similar video of Michelle uncovering her portrait was shared by C-SPAN:



Barack Obama's portrait is by New York-based artist Kehinde Wiley. Michelle's portrait was painted by Baltimore-based Amy Sherald, who won the Portrait Gallery’s 2016 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, AP News reports. Wiley and Sherald are the first African-American artists commissioned to paint official portraits of a presidential couple for the National Portrait Gallery. The Obamas chose Wiley and Sherald from a portfolio of roughly 20 artists submitted to the couple by the Gallery's curators, the New York Times reports.


Artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald at the portrait unveiling.

The works will join the complete collection of presidential portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, according to Time. Barack's portrait will be placed in the hall of presidents in the "American Presidents" exhibition, while Michelle's portrait will join another gallery, CNN reports. Both portraits are on public display starting February 13. 

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

Comments
About The Author
Maggie Maloney
View Other Articles From Maggie Maloney
Comments
Latest Stories
 
Share
Ideas that go way beyond the traditional altar.
 
Share
Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex!
 
Share
Interior designer Jonathan Matti was the sole Filipino at the intimate de Gournay dinner at Lord David Cholmondeley's Norfolk Estate.
 
Share
Whether you're a single traveler, on vacation with a partner or with your family, try these underrated experiences in Bohol.
 
Share
Only eight Filipinas made it to Forbes magazine’s latest list of 50 richest people in the Philippines.
 
Share
Their children prepared a lovely surprise in their family home.
 
Share
From champagne-flavored gummy bears to a kit for making your own sparkling wine, these will please any champagne fanatic.
 
Share
In Japanese-occupied Manila, an American woman who was known as "Madame Tsubaki" ran a night club that offered drinks, music, and companionship to homesick soldiers. It was a front for a spy ring that funneled information and supplies to guerilla groups outside the city.
 
Share
Screenwriter Josh Singer on how he and Damien Chazelle brought the astronaut's story to the big screen.
 
Share
The 36-year-old bride said her grandmother's death affected her decision.
Load More Articles
CONNECT WITH US