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Smithsonian moves portrait of Michelle Obama just a little more than a month after it was unveiled

Former first lady Michelle Obama unveils her portrait at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., February 12, 2018. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Just about five weeks after the official portrait of former first lady Michelle Obama went on display at the The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, curators there have announced the painting has been moved. “Due to the high volume of visitors, we’ve relocated Michelle Obama’s portrait to the 3rd floor in our 20th-Century Americans galleries for a more spacious viewing experience,” the museum said in a post on Twitter Tuesday.

The painting, by Amy Sherald, who is based in Baltimore, was unveiled along with former President Barack Obama’s official portrait on February 12. Since then, the two paintings have been a huge draw for the gallery. The museum had its biggest month in three years in February, with nearly 180,000 visitors dropping by to see the portraits of the former first couple, according to CNN. And who could forget the adorable 2-year-old girl, Parker Curry, who was captured in a photo looking mesmerized by the portrait? The pic went viral and led to her getting an audience with the former first lady.


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