From the Associated Press:
Gov. Sonny Perdue has unveiled his official portrait to hang in the halls of the Gold Dome.
The painting debuted Monday in a ceremony at the Capitol in downtown Atlanta. The painting includes his wife, Mary Perdue, making it the first gubernatorial portrait to feature a First Lady.
The portrait was done by artist Rossin, whose full name is Rossen Raytchev Raykov. The Bulgarian artist is known for his photograph-like oil paintings of famous individuals, including Abraham Lincoln and Jackie Kennedy.
He also did the painting of civil rights icon Andrew Young, a former U.S. ambassador and former Atlanta mayor, that hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.
The Capitol holds portraits of 46 governors — all who have served since the building opened.
Now, not to be difficult, but the late Gov. Lester Maddox might have something to say – very politely, no doubt — about Mary Perdue’s place in history.
In his official portrait, Georgia’s last segregationist governor gathered up his dearest love and dearest hatred in a single frame. A prominently displayed photograph of his beloved wife Virginia sits on his desk. Just behind his back, barely to be seen, is a copy of The Atlanta Constitution wrapped around a fish.
– By Jim Galloway, Political Insider