Tuesday, October 29, 2013 12:32 pm
1st women on Supreme Court join Portrait Gallery
By BRETT ZONGKERAssociated Press
The large-scale portrait of Sandra Day O'Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan was installed Monday. The museum will display "The Four Justices" for three years.
Artist Nelson Shanks painted the 9-foot-6-inch-tall portrait depicting the first four women to serve on the nation's highest court.
Museum Director Kim Sajet (Sayet) says the scale of the painting speaks to the "grand accomplishments made by these four women" and the example they have set for future generations.
Art collectors Ian and Annette Cumming commissioned Shanks to paint the piece. It was completed in 2012.
Shanks' work is also represented in the museum's collection in a portrait of President Bill Clinton.