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New York - Rudy Giuliani's NY City Hall Portrait Is Unveiled

Published on: October 27, 2010 07:45 AM
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Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks at the unveiling of his portrait at City Hall Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010  in New York.  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks at the unveiling of his portrait at City Hall Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010 in New York.  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New York - Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani returned to City Hall on Tuesday for the unveiling of his official portrait, which shows him in a dark pinstripe suit as a tribute to his beloved New York Yankees.

The painting, which captured Giuliani’s trademark toothy grin and dimples, joins a collection of more than 100 portraits in the nearly 200-year-old City Hall. The portraits include U.S. presidents, New York governors and 44 other New York City mayors.

Giuliani, who served two terms from 1994 to 2001 and earned accolades for his handling of the city following the Sept. 11 terror attacks, was painted by Everett Raymond Kinstler, an artist commissioned to paint portraits of two U.S. Supreme Court justices, four secretaries of state and various other dignitaries and celebrities.

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The piece was painted during several sittings — a few times in 2006, before Giuliani’s failed bid for the Republican presidential nomination, and again this year.

At a ceremony attended by various Giuliani-era aides and commissioners, the former mayor said he dragged his feet on having the painting done because of a long-held fear. His wife, Judith Giuliani, ultimately persuaded him.

“I’m superstitious about portraits — they’re for dead people,” he said. “You unveiled the portrait, and I’m still here, so I guess the superstition doesn’t work.”

The likeness of the former mayor, whose hairline receded throughout his two terms in office, depicts him as he looks now.

In the painting, he is standing, leaning on a railing, wearing a red tie and an American flag pin on the lapel of his pinstriped suit, subtly evoking his favorite baseball team.

Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani looks at the his portrait during its unveiling at City Hall Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010  in New York.  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani looks at the his portrait during its unveiling at City Hall Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010 in New York.  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

“I tried to persuade him to do the entire uniform, but he wouldn’t do it,” Giuliani joked. “He said it would be inappropriate.”

Giuliani’s successor, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, said having the portrait in City Hall will serve to remind everyone of his legacy.

“It really captures the pride and joy I think that Rudy felt when he was mayor,” Bloomberg said.

In City Hall, even the portraits play politics.

When Giuliani took office, he had the portrait of his political hero, Republican Fiorello LaGuardia, moved from an out-of-the-way spot into a prominent position facing his desk.

And during Giuliani’s second term, after a renovation of the Blue Room, he had the paintings of former Democratic mayors Ed Koch and David Dinkins — with whom he had strained relations — moved out and relegated to the hallway.

And that is where Giuliani’s portrait will now hang.


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 Oct 27, 2010 at 07:53 AM yeedle Says:

He looks like an old man on the portrait

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 Oct 27, 2010 at 10:12 AM staying anonymous Says:

I don't think his eyes are well replicated... but otherwise, I sure do think it's great! Seems like the artist tried getting those smiley eyes, but he didn't do it right.

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 Oct 27, 2010 at 11:02 AM skazm Says:

the hallway or the blue room?!

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 Oct 27, 2010 at 11:32 AM harvey Says:

read: bloomberg, were sick of you. we want rudi back

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 Oct 27, 2010 at 12:06 PM jaayy Says:

We need him back. Not his portrait !

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