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Today is the day that Katy Perry makes her triumphant showing at the National Portrait Gallery, with the unveiling of a painting called "Cupcake Katy" by artist Will Cotton which has been donated to the gallery. For your viewing reference, the portrait is located near the G Street entrance, right next to portraits of Morgan Freeman and Hank Aaron. Katy looks a bit pensive, but definitely regal in a candy crown and a cupcake wrapper-inspired dress designed by Cynthia Rowley. Cotton specializes in surreal paintings of sweets, and though he rarely paints celebrities, he collaborated with Perry for her Teenage Dream album artwork.
"Cupcake Katy" is on view just for a short time, today through July 6. The painting's showing at the gallery coincides with Perry's two concerts at the Verizon Center, so here's hoping she will stop by to see the portrait in person. After July 6, the painting won't be on view again until 2015. Go and see it in person, because photos can't quite capture the portrait in all its glory. "If you saw it in person, you'd see the paint—and that's important to me," Cotton told Smithsonian magazine.
· Katy Perry Painting Goes On View at National Portrait Gallery [WaPo]
· Artist Will Cotton Reveals How He and Katy Perry Played an Elaborate Game of Candy Land [Smithsonian]
· National Portrait Gallery [Official Site]