Arnold Schwarzenegger erased Maria Shriver from official portrait?

Arnold Schwarzenegger Erased Maria Shriver from Official Portrait
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."

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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