"The Four Justices" unveiled at National Portrait Gallery

October 28, 2013
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  A new portrait of the four women who have served on U.S. Supreme Court is now on display.

A new portrait of the four women who have served on U.S. Supreme Court is now on display.

Today, a painting of the four women who have served on the U.S. Supreme Court, was unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery, in Washington, DC.  Painted by Nelson Shanks, the sitting lasted four hours, and the portrait took eight weeks to complete.  Seated on the left, is former justice Sandra Day O’Conner, the first women appointed to the Court.  She retired in 2005.  Seated next to her is current Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who has served since 1993.  The two most recent Supreme Court justices are standing, Sonia Sotomayor on the left, and Elena Kagan, on the right. The portrait measures 9-feet-6-inches tall, by 7-feet-9-inches wide.  In regard to its impressive size, museum director Kim Sajet said, “The scale of this painting speaks to the grand accomplishments made by these four women and the example they set for future generations.”  The artist, Nelson Shanks, said that the four spoke with each other quite a bit while he worked.  Even though they are all in black robes, he highlighted their different neckwear.  The painting will be on display at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.

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