Barack Obama's portrait was painted by Kehinde Wiley - an artist best known for his vibrant, large-scale paintings of African-Americans.
For Michelle Obama's portrait, the gallery commissioned Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald, first-prize winner of the Portrait Gallery's 2016 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition.
Michelle Obama: "I'm also thinking about all the...girls and girls of color, who in years ahead will come to this place, and they will look up, and they will see an image of someone who looks like them hanging on the wall of this great American institution." pic.twitter.com/PHCjaNrul3— ABC News (@ABC) February 12, 2018
The paintings were unveiled Monday at the gallery, which is part of the Smithsonian group of museums.
The gallery has a complete collection of presidential portraits.
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