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The first four female justices to serve on the Supreme Court are featured in a portrait on display at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery beginning Oct. 28. The painting features former justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who retired in 2006, and current justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor ’76 and Elena Kagan ’81. The four are painted in the interior of what looks like the Supreme Court Building.
The portrait, completed in 2012 by artist Nelson Shanks, was commissioned by art collectors Ian and Annette Cumming to commemorate its subjects’ achievements. It will be on display at the Smithsonian for the next three years.
“The scale of this painting speaks to the grand accomplishments made by these four women and the example they set for future generations,” museum director Kim Sajet said in a Smithsonian statement. “I imagine this portrait will spark a conversation among young people, particularly young women, about breaking barriers.”