Artist who painted Bill Clinton’s portrait slipped in a secret Monica Lewinsky reference http://t.co/QejLKDvZzl
— Mashable (@mashable) March 2, 2015
There’s always been more than meets the eye with Bill Clinton – and the same can be said of his likeness hanging in the National Portrait Gallery.
The artist, Nelson Shanks, who painted the piece of ex-President Clinton standing nobly in the Oval Office, recently admitted that there’s hidden meaning lurking in the painting’s shadows referencing one of the biggest scandals in American politics. The nondescript shadow standing by Clinton’s right shoulder represents the presence of Monica Lewinsky – in fact, the artist even purposely placed a mannequin wearing a blue dress over the composition so that he could paint in the shadow.
Shanks admitted the metaphoric quality of the painting in a recent interview with the Philadelphia Daily News, and expressed a few opinions about the past president. “The reality is he’s probably the most famous liar of all time,” says Shanks, who was friends with the likes of Princess Di. “He and his administration did some very good things, of course, but I could never get this Monica thing completely out of my mind and it is subtly incorporated in the painting.”
Shanks also asserted that the Clintons “hate” the portrait and “want it removed from the National Portrait Gallery.” Go figure.
It’s interesting that blue dresses have been making such a comeback in the news! But this certainly gives the museum’s docents another titillating fact to discuss while pointing out the famous portrait.
Can you spot where she is in the portrait? Find out how the artist put Monica in there…