So I was under the impression that the Kehinde Wiley painting of Obama was the official portrait, but today they just unveiled Robert McCurdy’s painting as the official portrait. Can someone explain why two paintings were commissioned and labeled as official? I’m confused. Thanks.
The paintings by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sharold were created for (and hang at) the National Portrait Gallery, while the McCurdy and Sprung paintings are the official White House portraits and will hang at the White House.