WASHINGTON D.C. — The artist who painted a portrait of former Pres. Bill Clinton standing at a fireplace mantel in the Oval Office says the painting contains a very subtle element meant to depict Monica Lewinsky and the scandal during the Clinton presidency.
The artist, Nelson Shanks, told the Philadelphia Daily News that as he painted the portrait he placed a mannequin in a blue dress inside the Oval Office, and painted the shadow it cast across the mantel. He says he never did this with Mr. Clinton in the room.
The portrait was released in 2006 and people immediately noticed the President did not have a wedding ring on his left hand.
Shanks has reportedly called Clinton “the most famous liar of all time.”
Read more comments from Shank including his discovery at Kansas City’s Nelson Atkins Museum of Art and his memories of Princess Diana in the Philadelphia Daily News story.
According to ABC News, the portrait is not currently on display at the National Portrait Gallery, but is part of the gallery’s collection.