Robert F. Kennedy

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Robert (“Bobby”) Kennedy, running for the Democratic presidential nomination, was fatally shot by assassin Sirhan Sirhan on June 5, 1968, after winning the California primary. This tragically ended one of the most interesting political careers in modern American history and further draped the legacy of the Kennedy family in mourning.
Coming only months after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., Kennedy’s killing plunged an already dismal year of violence and confronta- tion into further darkness. The younger brother of President John F. Kennedy, he had served as attorney general in the thirty-fifth president’s cabinet (1961–63), after which he was elected senator from New York in 1964. He entered the 1968 presidential race in opposition to the Johnson administration’s Vietnam War policies and as a progressive voice on urban and racial issues.
This somber portrait, by artist Louis Glanzman, appeared on the cover of Time magazine following Kennedy’s internment at Arlington Cemetery on June 8, 1968.
En plena campaña para la nominación presidencial por el Partido Demócrata, Robert (“Bobby”) Kennedy murió asesinado de un disparo por Sirhan Sirhan el 5 de junio de 1968, luego de ganar la primaria de California. Esta tragedia puso fin a una de las carreras políticas más interesantes en la historia moderna de Estados Unidos y añadió otro manto de luto al legado de la familia Kennedy.
Apenas unos meses después del asesinato de Martin Luther King Jr., la muerte de Kennedy hundió en mayor oscuridad un ya funesto año de violencia y confrontación. Era hermano menor de John F. Kennedy y ocupó el puesto de fiscal general durante la incumbencia de este como trigésimo quinto presidente del país (1961–63), luego de lo cual fue electo senador por Nueva York (1964). Entró en la contienda presidencial de 1968 oponiéndose a las políticas de la administración de Johnson respecto a Vietnam y con voz progresista en cuestiones urbanas y raciales.
Este sombrío retrato del artista Louis Glanzman apareció en la portada de la revista Time luego del entierro de Kennedy en el cementerio de Arlington, el 8 de junio de 1968.
Topic
Robert Francis Kennedy: Male
Robert Francis Kennedy: Politics and Government\US Senator\New York
Robert Francis Kennedy: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer
Robert Francis Kennedy: Politics and Government\Cabinet Member\US Attorney General
Robert Francis Kennedy: Literature\Writer
Robert Francis Kennedy: Politics and Government\Presidential Candidate
Robert Francis Kennedy: Politics and Government\Campaign Director
Robert Francis Kennedy: Politics and Government\Brother of US President
Robert Francis Kennedy: Congressional Gold Medal
Portrait
National Portrait Gallery
Restrictions & Rights
© Louis Glanzman
Artist
Louis S. Glanzman, 1922 - 2013
Sitter
Robert Francis Kennedy, 20 Nov 1925 - 6 Jun 1968
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
Medium
Watercolor, gouache and ink on paper
Dimensions
Sheet: 49.5 x 35.1cm (19 1/2 x 13 13/16")
Mat: 71.1 x 55.9cm (28 x 22")
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Exhibition
One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey
On View
NPG, East Gallery 141
1968
Type
Painting
Object number
NPG.78.TC503
Culture
Robert Francis Kennedy: American\Irish American