Saturday, August 29, 2015
When: through November 1, 2015
The Portrait Gallery runs a contest a couple of times each year called "Recognize." They offer up three choices of portraits and the public gets to vote on which one they'd like to see. More details are available at Smithsonianmag.com.
The latest contest featured well-known baseball players and Roberto Clemente emerged the winner. If the seemingly endless parade of bad behaviors among modern-day athletes leaves you feeling less than eager to celebrate their accomplishments, a dose of Clemente is just what the doctor ordered.
A tremendously talented and successful ball player and a genuinely charitable human being, Clemente was killed in a plane crash on his way to help victims of the Nicaraguan earthquake in 1972.
Verdict: A fine photograph of a fine athlete and person - be sure to see this on your next trip to the Portrait Gallery.