Monica Lewinsky seems to be enjoying the rise of Clinton nostalgia. Just last week, she was photographed wearing a bright orange gown, attending the annual Vanity Fair post-Oscar party, as though she were a real celebrity, and Friday, it was announced that her post-Clinton life in New York will become the subject of a six-“webisode” mini-series. The series, which is loosely based on an HBO documentary that followed her around after she vacated her internship, will chronicle Monica’s life and struggle to “rebuild her life in the wake of the scandal that left her a reluctant single-name celebrity.”
As if that weren’t all enough to keep Hillary Clinton up at night, throwing any ceramic lamp she could find in her expensive hotel room at the wall, Bill Clinton’s National Portrait Gallery portrait painter has revealed that the lovely oil-on-canvas of the former President features a hidden, Monica-related surprise.
An artist who painted a portrait of former President Bill Clinton says there’s more to the piece than one might see at first blush.
Pennsylvania artist Nelson Shanks told the Philadelphia Daily News that he included a shadow of a blue dress in the 2006 portrait that hangs in the National Portrait Gallery. It’s an apparent reference to the Monica Lewinsky scandal, with Shanks adding that the 42nd president is “probably the most famous liar of all time.”
The artist claims the shadow, which looks almost like it’s being cast by a floral arrangement on the mantle behind the former President, but not quite, has a twofold meaning: it’s both the shadow cast by an “off-camera” mannequin wearing a blue dress, and representative of the shadow Clinton’s antics cast on the office of the President.
He also claims that the Clintons have petitioned the National Portrait Gallery to remove the offending work, but, of course, if that were true, it would cut greatly into Hillary’s commitment to the arts, which might impact her ability to fundraise in Hollywood. Plus, the only request, in terms of the portrait, is that Bill Clinton be suitably immortalized. I truly can’t think of a better way. It’s just a shame that the rumors of Clinton’s association with Jeffrey Epstein and his “private island” were still years away when Shanks painted.