The Smithsonian is about to make some changes.
When the Smithsonian opens back up in May visitors will no longer see Obama’s portrait in the National Gallery but instead, they will see a portrait of President Trump.
The portrait of President Trump shows him sitting behind his desk in the Oval Office which is a huge contrast to Obama’s flowery portrait.
Here’s an up-close look of Trump’s portrait:
Trump’s portrait is amazing pic.twitter.com/SCc4lUQcin
— MC 🇺🇸 (@MCOriginalist) April 26, 2021
In the portrait, you can also see Andrew Jackson and Ben Franklin in the background.
You can also see the Army, Marine, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard’s flags behind Trump too.
Trump looks like a true commander in chief in his portrait while Obama looks like he’s the commander of climate change.
Trump’s portrait vs. the Obama portrait it will be replacing at the Smithsonian pic.twitter.com/6FOubbx2op
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) April 26, 2021
The Washington Post covered the story, see what they had to share:
When the National Portrait Gallery reopens May 14, visitors will have the first opportunity to see a President Donald Trump portrait in the popular America’s Presidents exhibition.
Pari Dukovic’s photograph of the former president depicts him seated in the Oval Office behind the Resolute Desk. It has taken the place of Kehinde Wiley’s portrait of President Barack Obama, which, starting in June, will go on a year-long, five-city tour with Amy Sherald’s painting of former first lady Michelle Obama. Shepard Fairey’s “Hope,” a collage acquired by the gallery in 2008, replaces the Wiley painting.
The Smithsonian museum has been closed since Nov. 23 because of the coronavirus pandemic, delaying the traditional post-inaugural update to the presidents gallery.
Dukovic is an award-winning photographer whose portfolio includes portraits and fashion as well as news, sports and entertainment events. His photograph of Obama graces the cover of the 44th president’s recent memoir, “A Promised Land.”
His portrait of Trump has both artistic and historic merit, Ureña said.
The photograph’s historical details include flags along the wall representing the five branches of the armed forces, a portrait of Andrew Jackson and one of Benjamin Franklin by Joseph Duplessis that the museum lent to the White House. These reflect Trump’s interests and influences, Ureña said. The photograph was taken the day before Trump officially announced he would seek reelection, adding to its historical value, Ureña said.
President Trump’s official Presidential Portrait has been released.
The portrait will be on display in the America’s Presidents exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. when it reopens on May 14th.
🇺🇸 #45 pic.twitter.com/KnMYaEUq8x
— Teresa 🗣 “Joe, you know Trump won.” (@thorsome1) April 27, 2021
Donald Trump makes his debut in National Portrait Gallery’s presidents exhibition https://t.co/SSK6cpio0C
— Danielle Cronin (@DanielleCronin) April 27, 2021
Business Insider got the scoop too:
President Donald Trump has officially joined his 44 presidential compatriots in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.
The museum in Washington, DC, has been closed since November 2020 but is set to reopen its doors on May 14, giving visitors their first chance to see the newest addition to the popular presidential exhibit.
The 2017 photo taken by photographer Pari Dukovic for Time magazine depicts Trump sitting at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office. It will be on display as part of the “America’s Presidents” exhibition.
The photograph will remain in the gallery while the official Trump portrait is being finished, according to The Washington Post, which reported the museum has not shared any details about that commission, nor about the portrait in the works for former first lady Melania Trump.
Do you like Trump’s portrait?
It’s a whole lot better than Obama’s in my opinion.
What do you think?