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Today: Secret references in paintings

March 4th, 2015

Episode 183 of 1744 episodes

The artist who painted an official portrait of Bill Clinton has revealed that he worked a secret reference to Monica Lewinsky's infamous blue dress (the stains on which proved the pair had had sexual relations) into the artwork. Nelson Shanks, who also painted portraits of Princess Diana and Pope John Paul II, says the shadow cast in the portrait is supposed to be of Lewinsky. Shanks says the Clintons know about it and are trying to get it removed from the National Portrait Gallery. Daphne Todd is a former president of Royal Society of Portrait Painters and Georgina Adam is editor-at-large of the Art Newspaper & Financial Times columnist.

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