Bill and Melinda Gates Portrait Commissioned by the Smithsonian's at the National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery has commissioned a portrait of Bill and Melinda Gates by Jon Friedman that'll be installed in the museum's "Recent Acquisitions" exhibition May 17. The painting will be on view when the museum opens at 11:30 a.m., and at noon Friedman will give a talk about the portrait and the process he […]

The National Portrait Gallery has commissioned a portrait of Bill and Melinda Gates by Jon Friedman that'll be installed in the museum's "Recent Acquisitions" exhibition May 17. The painting will be on view when the museum opens at 11:30 a.m., and at noon Friedman will give a talk about the portrait and the process he used to create this work.

With this honor, Bill and Melinda Gates are joining presidents, artists, business people and other important cultural figures whose images are on display at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Bill & Melinda Gates Portrait at National Portrait Gallery

"It is an honor to have our portrait joining those of so many outstanding Americans in the National Portrait Gallery," said Bill and Melinda Gates. "Our thanks go to Jon Friedman for creating the portrait in so thoughtful a manner, and for calling out the work of our foundation so evocatively."

The painting shows a relaxed couple in a waterfront setting.

In the short run, the painting will help focus more attention on their work with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. But it also could help cement the power couple's place in American history.

This portrait was commissioned for the museum through the Marc Pachter Commissioning Fund, which was established in honor of a former director of the museum.

[Source: National Portrait Gallery]