I went to the National Portrait Gallery yesterday, in part to see the iconic image of Obama that we’ve all come to know … and you know what, it brought to mind something that we used to talk about in art history class.
You know how you feel when you see the Mona Lisa? That image is plastered on everything. Tins, posters, candy wrappers, you name it. It is one of the most reproduced and better known paintings in the world, and you expect it to be larger than life. Then, when you fight the crowds to see the actual painting, you are face to face (if you are lucky enought to get to the front of the crowd) with a painting that is no more 30 X 21 inches … and you end up saying, “That’s It?”
Well, when I came face to face with the Obama painting, it was the complete opposite of that. I was expecting something much smaller. Everything I’ve seen so far has been no bigger than a poster, but generally its been an image online, with it being no bigger than my computer screen. Well, its far bigger than that, and so far, you don’t have to fight to see it. To get an idea of its scale, go here.