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When the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery reopens on May 14 after being closed because of the Covid-19 pandemic, it will do so with a new work—a photograph of former President Donald J. Trump. Installed in the museum’s signature exhibition, “America’s Presidents,” the portrait will hang in a space reserved for the nation’s most recent former president and will be a part of the permanent collections.
The 2019 image of Trump is one of many captured by the award-winning photographer Pari Dukovic, while on assignment for Time magazine. Taken on June 17, after Trump officially announced his plans to run for reelection, the image depicts him perched at the edge of a maroon chair with one hand resting on the historic Resolute Desk in the Oval Office.
In the background, five flags can be seen, each representing the branches of the Armed Forces (from left: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard). A portion of Asher B. Durand’s 1835 portrait of Andrew Jackson can be seen joined by the c. 1785 portrait of Benjamin Franklin by Joseph Duplessis, which is on loan to the White House from the Portrait Gallery.