​Bill Clinton Portrait Has Hidden Monica Lewinsky Image -- Can You Spot It?

Bill Clinton will never be able to escape his scandalous past. The artist who painted his official portrait for The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery recently admitted that he included an homage to Monica Lewinsky in the picture.


You'd have to know it's there, because it's subtle, but take a look at the mantle behind the nation's 42nd president. Do you see that shadow? That's the shadow of a blue dress, meant to represent Lewinsky's infamous frock.

Philadelphia artist Nelson Shanks told the Philadelphia Daily News about the easter egg in the painting, and why he included it.

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"I could never get this Monica thing completely out of my mind and it is subtly incorporated in the painting," he revealed.

"It actually literally represents a shadow from a blue dress that I had on a mannequin, that I had there while I was painting it, but not when he was there," he said. "It is also a bit of a metaphor in that it represents a shadow on the office he held, or on him."

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He also called Clinton "the most famous liar of all time," which isn't quite as subtle a dig on the former president's character.

According to Shanks, the Clintons have demanded that the portrait be removed from the gallery, although a spokesperson for the museum said that they haven't received any requests from the former First Family. 

It isn't the first time this picture has made waves either -- when it was unveiled in 2006, there was some controversy surrounding the Clintons' marriage, as Bill is pictured here without his wedding ring. Knowing what we know now, it seems that that absence may have been deliberate.

Would you have ever guessed that the shadow in Clinton's portrait came from a Monica-esque blue dress?


Image via Nelson Shanks/National Portrait Gallery

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