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Barack And Michelle Obama’s Official Portraits

Barack Obama sits with Michelle Obama prior to the unveiling. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama’s official portraits were unveiled Monday at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Michelle Obama’s portrait, painted by Amy Sherald and the former president’s portrait, painted by Kehinde Wiley.

Michelle said “thinking about all of the young people, particularly girls and girls of color, who in years ahead will come to this place and they will look up and they will see an image of someone who looks like them hanging on the wall.”

width=780 Artist Amy Sherald (R) and former first lady Michelle Obama participate in the unveiling of Mrs. Obama's portrait. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Former President Obama celebrated Sherald for her work on his wife’s portrait, which he said captured “the grace, intelligence and charm and hotness of the woman I love.”

Obama also praised Wiley, saying he’s “in awe” of the artist’s gifts.

width=780 Barack Obama greets artist Kehinde Wiley. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

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