Painting of Bloomberg Now Adorns New York City Hall

December 30, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

NEW YORK—A painting of Mayor Michael Bloomberg by artist Jon Friedman was hung on the wall at New York’s City Hall Dec. 30.

The painting is amid portraits of other mayors. The 50-by-36-inch portrait is done in oil on canvas and is framed in a gilt frame.

The painting, like all recent mayoral portraits, is a gift to the city. It was approved by the Public Design Commission on Dec. 9.

Friedman worked from a photograph of Bloomberg standing in the bullpen in City Hall this summer.

Friedman also painted the likes of Bill and Melinda Gates, media mogul Ted Turner, and Congressman Barney Frank.

Seven of Friedman’s work are on display at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

The City Hall portrait collection consist of more than 100 works by some of the leading 18th and 19th century American artists including Charles Wesley Jarvis, John Wesley Jarvis, Samuel F. B. Morse, Rembrandt Peale, John Trumbull and John Vanderlyn.

“For a collection of its size, the City Hall portraits have an unusual depth in terms of artists represented and types of sitters. In addition, the collection exemplifies the evolution in style of American portrait painting,” states a press release from the Mayor’s Office.

A photo of the portrait was posted on the Mayor’s Office Twitter account at 11:02 a.m.


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