Art History BB: The Obamas' Presidential Portraits

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(Michelle Obama’s story starts at 3:30 min)

(Barack Obama’s story starts at 15:20 min)

The official portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama for the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery were recently unveiled and garnered a great deal of attention. These portraits, painted by contemporary artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, are both visually striking and of great historical importance. Join Corrie and Nat as they gush over these beautiful works and highlight some of the many reasons why these portraits matter.