Amy Sherald's Michelle Obama portrait

When the portrait of former First Lady Michelle Obama by the Baltimore artist Amy Sherald was unveiled in Washington last February, many viewers who had expected a more realistic portrait of the former first lady were taken aback. Critics took to social media to complain about the portrait's gray skin tone (a hallmark of Sherald's), that the rendition was too flat (another signature) and that it just didn't look very much like Mrs. Obama. The criticism evaporated on March 1 after a photographer captured a 2-year-old girl in a red jacket standing awestruck in front of the painting, and the image went viral.

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