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Nelson Shanks dies at 77, painter of presidents and royalty

Nelson Shanks dies at 77, painter of presidents and royalty

Nelson Shanks, a painter renowned for his portraits of prominent figures ranging from presidents to a pope to royalty, has died at his home in Pennsylvania at the age of 77. Shanks, who died Friday, painted well-known subjects such as Princess Diana, Pope John Paul II, Presidents Reagan and Clinton, and a group portrait of the first four women to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. He was called "the most talented contemporary traditional portraitist" by D. Dodge Thompson, chief of exhibitions at the National Gallery of Art in Washington. The artist and his Clinton portrait made waves this year when he told the Philadelphia Daily News that he included a subtle reference to White...

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