Maya Angelou

National Portrait Gallery

Maya Angelou

Artist
Ross R. Rossin, born 1964
Sitter
Maya Angelou, 4 Apr 1928 - 28 May 2014
Exhibition Label
Born St. Louis, Missouri
One of America’s most important writers and poets, Maya Angelou wrote a series of seven autobiographical novels that are an indelible record of resistance and achievement by African Americans, particularly African American women. Angelou had a difficult and endangered childhood, shuttling back and forth between relatives in the North and South. She suffered from economic hardship and sexual abuse, which she documented in her first book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), and in subsequent volumes. Her subject was always her own life, and her autobiographies are not necessarily strictly factual or literally “true,” but rather a retelling of emotional truths. A politically engaged writer, Angelou was also a poet; she read her poem “On the Pulse of the Morning” at President Bill Clinton’s 1993 inauguration.
Provenance
The artist
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the Andrew J. Young Foundation
2013
Object number
NPG.2014.2
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Copyright
© Ross R. Rossin
Type
Painting
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
Stretcher: 121.9 × 121.9cm (48 × 48")
Frame: 129.7 × 129.9 × 7cm (51 1/16 × 51 1/8 × 2 3/4")
Place
United States\Georgia\Fulton\Atlanta
National Portrait Gallery
Topic
Costume\Jewelry\Necklace
Indeterminable
Painting
Maya Angelou: Female
Maya Angelou: Literature\Writer
Maya Angelou: Education\Educator\Professor
Maya Angelou: Literature\Writer\Poet
Maya Angelou: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater
Maya Angelou: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer
Maya Angelou: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Activist\Civil rights activist
Maya Angelou: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Television
Maya Angelou: Performing Arts\Performer\Dancer
Maya Angelou: Presidential Medal of Freedom
Maya Angelou: Literature\Writer\Autobiographer
Maya Angelou: Literature\Writer\Memoirist
Portrait
Record ID
npg_NPG.2014.2
GUID (Link to Original Record)
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4ed6e53c2-d57e-43ce-b41c-dc434fe79ab5