Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Exhibition Label
Martin Luther King Jr., the foremost leader in America’s mid-twentieth-century civil rights movement, was Time’s Man of the Year for 1963, in recognition of the magnitude of his accomplishments that year. He had spearheaded peaceful protests from Birmingham, Alabama, to Washington, D.C., the climax of which was the grand March for Jobs and Freedom on August 28. In large part because of King’s compelling activism, Congress would soon pass historic and unprecedented legislation mandating racial equality for all.
Time selected Robert Vickrey to paint King’s cover likeness. When King learned that the artist wished to have life sittings, Vickery had to fly to King’s home in Atlanta, Georgia, twice before he could arrive at an image that was satisfactory to both the magazine and King.
Martin Luther King Jr. 1929–1968
Martin Luther King Jr., el líder más importante del movimiento pro derechos civiles de mediados del siglo XX en Estados Unidos, fue seleccionado Hombre del Año 1963 por Time en reconocimiento de sus magníficos logros durante aquel año. King había encabezado protestas pacíficas desde Birmingham, Alabama, hasta Washington, D.C., coronadas con la gran Marcha por el Trabajo y la Libertad el 28 de agosto. Gracias en gran medida al activismo ardiente y persuasivo de King, el Congreso pronto haría historia al probar una ley sin precedentes que proclamaba la igualdad racial para todos.
Time seleccionó a Robert Vickrey para pintar la imagen de King que aparecería en portada. Sabiendo que el artista quería que posara para él, King hizo que Vickrey viajara dos veces hasta su casa en Atlanta, Georgia, antes de lograr una imagen que resultara satisfactoria para la revista y para el propio King.
Robert Vickrey (1926–2011)
Témpera sobre papel, 1963
Portada del Hombre del Año de Time, 3 de enero de 1964
Topic
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Mustache
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Male
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Activist\Civil rights activist\Civil rights leader
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Religion and Spirituality\Clergy\Minister
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Nobel Prize
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Presidential Medal of Freedom
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Congressional Gold Medal
Portrait
National Portrait Gallery
Restrictions & Rights
© Robert Vickrey/Licenced by VAGA, New York, NY
Artist
Robert Vickrey, 26 Aug 1926 - 17 Apr 2011
Sitter
Martin Luther King, Jr., 15 Jan 1929 - 4 Apr 1968
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
Medium
Tempera on illustration board
Dimensions
Sight: 37.5 x 28.5cm (14 3/4 x 11 1/4")
Mat: 55.9 x 40.6cm (22 x 16")
Frame: 62.2 x 47 x 3.2cm (24 1/2 x 18 1/2 x 1 1/4")
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
1963
Type
Painting
Object number
NPG.78.TC517
Culture
Martin Luther King, Jr.: American\African American