Unveiled in 2011, Charlie Rangel’s Ways and Means Committee Chairman portrait is set in a non-specific, ceremonial office-like space. Frequently seen symbols—flags and a gavel— are used as a visual shorthand to denote his position as a public servant and a chairman. More personal details also populate the space and give a fuller sense of his personality and accomplishments. The artist includes Rangel’s military decorations in the background, as well as a copy of his autobiography among other books beside him.
History, Art & Archives, U.S. House of Representatives, “Charles B. Rangel,” https://history.house.gov/Collection/Listing/2011/2011-092-000/ (December 03, 2021)
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