Arnold Schwarzenegger has a new blemish making headlines today, as a smudge on his lapel in his official portrait turns out to be a failed attempt to wipe away estranged wife Maria Shriver. The unveiling of his official portrait this week in the state capitol has turned out to be a bit of an embarrassment to the former governor of California when a blemish on the lapel turned out to be the remnant of Maria Shriver’s face, reports International Business Times on Sept. 12.
The portrait was painted in 2003, so why all of the sudden did Arnold want every trace of Maria, whose face was originally seen on a lapel pin, wiped away now? It seems that the latest buzz about Maria having an affair with Arnold’s campaign strategist five years before she found out about Arnold’s affair and love child with the housekeeper has gotten Arnold’s gander up. The news of the affair broke earlier this month as reported in the New York Post.
This move to have Maria wiped off his portrait was something that was done in a hurry and the final result reflect that. It is a messy job, someone just smudged out Maria’s face with a blotch of blue paint. When the six-foot portrait of the former governor was unveiled at the Sacramento Statehouse this week, people who remembered this portrait immediately recognized Maria’s face was missing, suggest the Press Democrat today.
For those who didn’t remember the portrait, the messy smudge of blue paint on Arnold’s lapel in the portrait was the first place your eyes were drawn to. The professional portrait is really a work of art and that smudge stuck out like a sore thumb. That blotch is apparently Arnold’s attempt of wiping all things Maria out of his life.
When the portrait was first unveiled in 2003 many thought the then governor made a “cute gesture” by including a picture of his wife in the painting. Who knew this endearing tribute from two decades ago would end up as a messy spot close to Arnold’s heart on the portrait.
The picture of Maria was about the size of a softball and it appeared on Arnold’s left lapel. The renowned artist, Gottfried Helnwein, from Australia, painted the original. It appears that an unknown person with some blue paint on the end of a paint brush did the touch-up.
Arnold and Maria’s divorce has yet to be finalized, but if you take a good look at Arnold’s portrait, you get the feeling that it can’t come soon enough. The Maria removal was done in a hurry and the mess it left behind in a blue smudge is evident of this!