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Obama portraits unveiled at National Portrait Gallery

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Artist Amy Sherald and former first lady Michelle Obama unveil the former first lady's portrait on Feb. 12, 2018. Jim Bourg / Reuters via NBC Artist Amy Sherald and former first lady Michelle Obama unveil the former first lady's portrait on Feb. 12, 2018. Jim Bourg / Reuters via NBC

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

Barack Obama's portrait was painted by Kehinde Wiley — an artist best known for his vibrant, large-scale paintings of African-Americans. For Michelle Obama's portrait, the gallery commissioned Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald, first-prize winner of the Portrait Gallery's 2016 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition.

The paintings were revealed 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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