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Barack and Michelle Obama's Portraits

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

The Changing Role of Portraiture

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.

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Russian Art Collection

Tretyakov Gallery

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. 

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