A tribute to Truthiness

portrait 2013

In recognition of the retirement of Stephen Colbert’s pundit of pomposity persona for Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, the National Portrait Gallery will display Colbert’s portrait, which was created for the final season of the show.

In 2008, Colbert contacted the National Portrait Gallery hoping to donate a portrait of himself from the show. The museum agreed to go along with the joke and temporarily installed the work on the second floor between the bathrooms and above the water fountain. The new portrait will appear in the same Colbert gallery through April 19.

Watch Colbert’s earlier effort to be acknowledged as a national treasure:

Posted: 29 December 2014
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Alex di Giovanni has been editing The Torch since August 2006. Prior to joining the Smithsonian, she worked as a writer and editor for the National Geographic Society, Plexus Scientific, The Nature Conservancy, The National Foreign Language Center and St. Martin’s Press, among others. She has the best job in the world.