Feb 182018

Why Barack and Michelle Obama’s new presidential portraits matter
Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press Pop Culture Critic Published 7:00 a.m. ET Feb. 18, 2018

In her new official portrait, Michelle Obama looks directly at viewers with a powerful gaze. There’s a gravity and seriousness to her expression, and an enigmatic vibe that seems reminiscent of a very famous work to one Detroit art expert.

“I’m surprised more people haven’t drawn more comparisons to Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa,’ ” says Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit executive director Elysia Borowy-Reeder. “That’s a very ‘Mona Lisa’ smile.”   Full Article.

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