Artist: Clinton museum portrait has nod to Lewinsky’s dress

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia artist says that his museum portrait of former President Bill Clinton contains a shadow reference to Monica Lewinsky’s infamous blue dress.

Nelson Shanks tells the Philadelphia Daily News that a shadow beside Clinton is a literal reference to the dress and a symbolic nod to the shadow the affair cast on his presidency.

The National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., owns the 2006 painting.

Spokeswoman Bethany Bentley says the Washington museum commissioned the painting and displayed it until about three years ago.

She says she’s never heard of Shanks’ claim that the Clintons “hate the painting” and want it removed from the gallery.

Bentley instead says it’s one of 55 images of Clinton that rotate on display.

A Clinton spokesman did not immediately return a message seeking comment.