Oprah Receives Portrait At The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery

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Oprah Winfrey’s legacy is continuing to be cemented in the thread of American culture. The established TV host was recently honored with a portrait at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. Her portrait joins those of names like the Obamas, Harriet Tubman and George Washington. 

The portrait, painted by artist Shawn Michael, shows Winfrey in a purple gown at her California home. The gown is meant to symbolize The Color Purple, her first film she starred in and has been a part of the executive team releasing the musical adaptation movie on Christmas day. She is also surrounded by 12 oak trees in the portrait which symbolize the 12 disciples integral in her faith. 

As the curtain was drawn on the painting, Winfrey exclaimed, “Spectacular. Great job.”

National Portrait Gallery Director Kim Sajet spoke at the unveiling of the portrait,

“Through her rise to fame as host and producer of ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show,’ Oprah demonstrated an unparalleled ability to connect with people and inspire them to become the best versions of themselves,” Sajet said. “Her vision and spirit deserve recognition in the nation’s Portrait Gallery, and we are delighted to celebrate her with this commissioned portrait by Shawn Michael Warren, who has reflected her warmth and compassion in this painting.”

The portrait will be on display from now until Oct. 20, 2024, according to the gallery