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National Portrait Gallery Unveils Obama Portraits

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Barack and Michelle Obama made their most recent public appearance to unveil their official portraits. (PBS Screenshot)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Portrait Gallery unveiled portraits of former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama.

Barack Obama’s portrait, at the 24:15 mark, was painted by Kehinde Wiley — an artist who is known for his vibrant, large-scale paintings of African-Americans. For Michelle Obama’s portrait, at the 5:54 mark, the gallery commissioned Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald, first-prize winner of the Portrait Gallery’s 2016 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition.

The paintings were unveiled Monday at the gallery, which is part of the Smithsonian group of museums. The gallery has a complete collection of presidential portraits.

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