Arnold Schwarzenegger erased Maria Shriver from official portrait?

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Erased Maria Shriver from Official Portrait

When Arnold Schwarzenegger's official portrait was done in 2003, there was a personal touch -- he was depicted wearing a lapel pin featuring the face of his wife, Maria Shriver.

Clay Russell, a former personal aide to Schwarzenegger, told the LA Times that the pin "was actually a cute gesture when he had it done."

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SACRAMENTO, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: The official gubernatorial portrait of former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is displayed in the Rotunda of the State Capitol following an unveiling ceremony September 8, 2014 in Sacramento, California. According to reports, the original painting that was commissioned several years ago featured a button on his lapel depicting his former wife Maria Shriver. In the recent unvailing, it can be seen that the button has been painted over. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger stands in front of his gubernatorial portrait at the unveiling in the Rotunda of the State Capitol September 8, 2014 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger poses next to his gubernatorial portrait at the unveiling in the Rotunda of the State Capitol September 8, 2014 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger poses with his official portrait after it was unveiled at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. The photograph-like giant image of the former governor was done by Austrian artist Gottfried Helnwein and will hang on the third floor of the Capitol. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
SACRAMENTO, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) poses with a visitor next to his official gubernatorial portrait during an unveiling ceremony in the Rotunda of the State Capitol on September 8, 2014 in Sacramento, California. Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was joined by current Gov. Jerry Brown to unveil his official gubernatorial portrait at the State Capitol. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Gov. Jerry Brown, left, and former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, walk to the rotunda of the Capitol where Schwarzenegger unveiled his official portrait, in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. The painting of the former governor was done by Austrian artist Gottfried Helnwein and will hang on the third floor of the Capitol. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger leaves the stage after speaking at a symposium on California's landmark 2006 global warming law in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. Making a rare political appearance, Schwarzenegger spoke at the Global Climate Negotiations: Lessons From California conference, put on by the USC Schwarzenegger Institute, then will unveil his official governor's portrait at the Capitol. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
SACRAMENTO, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: The official gubernatorial portrait of former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is displayed in the Rotunda of the State Capitol following an unveiling ceremony September 8, 2014 in Sacramento, California. Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was joined by current Gov. Jerry Brown to unveil his official gubernatorial portrait at the State Capitol. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: The official gubernatorial portrait of former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is displayed in the Rotunda of the State Capitol following an unveiling ceremony September 8, 2014 in Sacramento, California. According to reports, the original painting that was commissioned several years ago featured a button on his lapel depicting his former wife Maria Shriver. In the recent unvailing, it can be seen that the button has been painted over. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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But when former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's official portrait was unveiled at the Capitol on Monday, his estranged wife's face was nowhere to be seen on Austrian artist Gottfried Helnwein portrait.

Helnwein mysteriously told Barbara Gasser of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association that the portrait had "one little interesting detail," and now it appears that the cat's out of the bag (or rather, the pin is out of the photo).

Now, there's just a blue smudge of paint on his left jacket pocket -- and it's visible to the naked eye.

The AP reports that,"Schwarzenegger's portrait is larger than those of other modern-day governors, roughly half a foot wider and a foot taller than his predecessor, according to the Department of General Services."

According to the LA Times, the image was altered in 2011 when Schwarzenegger left office as he and Shriver's marriage fell apart following news that he fathered a child with a staff member.

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