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The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery Unveils Portrait of President Barack Obama

The official portrait of Michelle Obama, painted by Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald, was unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery on Monday morning, and became a national event, with everyday tweeters, art enthusiasts and art critics sounding off.

The portraits of the 44th president and first lady were unveiled on February 12 at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, the New York Post reported. Kehinde Wiley's portrait of President Obama speaks to Wiley's hyper-real style, with the former president sitting in front of a wall of greenery and flowers, gently growing around his legs and shoulder. Milly co-founder and creative director Michelle Smith is the one whose gown is featured in the former first lady's official portrait. At Monday's unveiling, Obama said he was struck by how Wiley's portraits "challenge our conventional views of power and privilege". "I tried to negotiate less grey hair". A political gossip reporter seated near me said she spotted "Axelrod and Earnest" (former White House staffers David and Josh, respectively) and Michelle Obama's eyebrow person.

For Michelle Obama's official White House portrait, she chose artist Amy Sherald. "Reminds me to hope".

They also share that their works - many of which give prominence to African-American figures nearly absent from the art of portraiture in the West - break conventional schemes in that genre, and interweave the politics of the racial relations of contemporary life.

As pointed out by BuzzFeed, Hannity shared a now-deleted tweet that linked to an article titled PORTRAIT PERVERSION: Obama Portrait Features 'SECRET SPERM, ' Artist Joked About 'Killing Whitey.' The story, which was written by "Hannity Staff", addressed the "shocking allegations" that artist Kehinde Wiley had incorporated a sexual innuendo hidden on the temple of Obama's head.

Still others took issue with Sherald choosing the paint Michelle Obama's skin in grayscale with a hint of sepia instead of the rich, brown tones of her actual skin tone.

"I would have been one of those athletes whose heart just stops and no one knows why", Sherald told the magazine.

It does because his Obama portrait is one in a long line of celebrations of the American presidency - and it includes some basic, familiar elements of portraiture.

The former president also praised Sherald's work.

These paintings were enough to revive the longstanding right-wing meme that Obama is racist against white people and to make Wiley the latest object of the far-right internet's smear machine.

"I am humbled, I am honored, I am proud", she said.

"The shape of the dress, rising pyramidally upward, mountain-like, feels as if it were the real subject of the portrait".

The former first lady expressed she was a little overwhelmed that her "amazing portrait" would hang among "so many iconic figures".