The official portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama were unveiled on February 12, 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC. Described as a pair of rising-stars, New York’s Kehinde Wiley and Baltimore’s Amy Sherald, were commissioned to paint the former president and first lady.
History of Portraits
Today the public wants a portrait to tell a story, not just create a likeness of the subject. In contrast to being old-fashioned, today’s portraiture has become a storytelling medium that is as powerful as ever at opening one’s eyes to the visual culture that surrounds us.
Caravaggio’s early figurative paintings introduced the Roman public to a new genre that quickly began to attract collectors. The Flute Player is one of the first of these promotional paintings.
Russian Art Collection
A video overview of perhaps the greatest collection of Russian art in the world. The museum’s founder was Pavel Tretyakov (1832-1898), who at the age of twenty-four, decided he wanted to start a public art museum. The museum was started with Pavel’s collection of 1,805 paintings and drawings by Russian artists.