Portraits of former president Barrack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama have been viewed over 4 Million times. But there is a bizarre explanation as to why people flock in large numbers to view and take photos of the photos.
According to the CNN Report, . An estimated 4 million people have flocked to the National Portrait Gallery in US, to see the two artworks, essentially doubling the museum’s attendance since they were unveiled in 2018. Kim Sajet has reported.
The question is why? Visitors know who the Obamas are, and what they look like. They’ve seen digital images of the portraits on their phones and laptops.
One online review of Wiley’s portrait of Barack Obama offers one theory: “The colors are stunning and aren’t done justice in the digital photography I’ve seen in the media.” As the review suggests, you can’t truly experience a portrait until you lift your head away from the device in your hand and look at the real thing. No matter how many reproductions you may have seen online, the original art is always far more profound in person.
The Portrait Gallery, specifically, has provided a place for people to take a break from their often-harried lives and connect with two people they admire, either alone or in the company of others, before returning to the relentless pace of the “real world.”
Millions have traveled from far and wide to come to the museum.For this reason the portraits of the two will go on a US Wide Tour from next year.
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