Stephen Colbert’s “Portrait”

Stephen Colbert’s “Portrait”

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Description (Brief)
This digital image on canvas, resembling a formal oil portrait, is of writer-comedian Stephen Colbert in his guise as the fictional conservative host of the Comedy Central Network series, The Colbert Report. In describing his on-screen persona of a blustery, right-wing news commentator, Colbert observed, “My character is self-important, poorly informed, well-intentioned but an idiot.” The show offers a hilariously scathing satire of TV news broadcasting and political talk show personalities. The “portrait,” originally a prominent part of the studio setting, emphasizes the mock formality of the show and its host.
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Physical Description
paper, ink (overall material)
overall: 55 in x 43 1/4 in x 4 in; 139.7 cm x 109.855 cm x 10.16 cm
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National Museum of American History
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