In many respects, the new official portrait of former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is quite lovely. It's a very photo-realistic painting done by Austrian artist Gottfried Helnwein, and will look splendid hanging in California's Capitol building.
Except for that smudge ...
A keen eye will notice that on portrait-Arnie's left lapel, there's an out-of-place smudge which just doesn't seem to reflect the detail of the rest of the painting. Turns out, that's where Maria Shriver's face used to be.
When Schwarzenegger sat for the painting back in 2003, he was married to Shriver, quite happily by all outward appearances, and he wore a small pin with her face on it.
"It was actually a cute gesture when he had it done," said Clay Russell, a former Schwarzenegger aide, to the Los Angeles Times.
Unfortunately, the marriage between Shriver and Schwarzenegger dissolved in 2011, shortly after the end of his time as governor of California, in light of the news that he had fathered aRead More »from Maria Shriver removed from Arnold Schwarzenegger official gubernatorial portrait