First Women on Supreme Court Join Portrait Gallery

By Brett Zongker
|  Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013  |  Updated 7:09 PM EDT
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The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery has installed a loaned painting of the first four female Supreme Court justices.

The large-scale portrait of Sandra Day O'Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan was installed Monday. The museum will display "The Four Justices" for three years.

Artist Nelson Shanks painted the 9-foot-6-inch-tall portrait depicting the first four women to serve on the nation's highest court.

Museum Director Kim Sajet said the scale of the painting speaks to the "grand accomplishments made by these four women" and the example they have set for future generations.

Art collectors Ian and Annette Cumming commissioned Shanks to paint the piece. It was completed in 2012.

Shanks's work is also represented in the museum's collection in a portrait of President Bill Clinton.

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