Arnold Schwarzenegger Governor's Portrait Retouched To Hide Ex Maria Shriver
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s official California governor’s portrait was unveiled on Monday, and people were quick to notice a smudge where Schwarzenegger’s ex-wife Maria Shriver used to be.
Arnold Schwarzenegger Portrait Retouched
Schwarzenegger returned to Sacramento on Monday, Sept. 8, to unveil the painting, which was commissioned when he was still in office and, by all appearances, happily married. In 2003, when Schwarzenegger sat for the portrait, he reportedly insisted on wearing a pin featuring Shriver’s face. “It was actually a cute gesture when he had it done,” said former aide Clay Russell.
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Austrian artist Gottfried Helnwein painted the portrait, though he is not thought to have touched up the painting to remove Shriver’s face.
“Whoever touched it up did not do a very good job. It was softball sized, right there on his left lapel,” said tour guide Richard Granis.
Schwarzenegger, who split from Shriver after 25 years of marriage in 2011, has not commented on the rumored botched cover-up.