February 15, 2018
Representation into Transfiguration- The Obamas’ New Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery

For the majority of history, our political leaders have doubled as icons, held sacrosanct instead of being portrayed realistically. We see this illusion, for instance, in the numerous state portraits of Elizabeth I, with the white face and richly dressed form of an eternally Virgin Queen, solely dedicated to the welfare of her people.