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TheDailyBeast: Unflattering Official Portraits

Tony Blair

You'd be forgiven for not realizing that Tony Blair is the man in his official portrait, as the eye is immediately drawn instead to the red poppy on his lapel. Artist Jonathan Yeo included the poppy in the painting, unveiled in 2008, as a symbol of the many wars Blair led the nation into while prime minister. Yeo's "painting uses a classic strategy of the traditional portrait artist when dealing with a sitter's disfigurement," wrote Jonathan Jones in The Guardian. "In paintings by Goya or Ghirlandaio people defiantly sport a physical blemish. Blair sports his horrific political blemish."

(Photo: Jonathan Yeo/Lincoln's Inn, via AP)
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