Belgium Presents Gift to United Nations

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The Mandela Portrait | Beekman United Nations An Icon for the 21st Century The portrait that Jan Beekman painted of Nelson Mandela occupies a unique position in his work. Beekman had been praised as an excellent portrait painter when young, but he did not paint portraits in his long professional career. Although the outside world and […]

Embassy Belgium Nelson Mandela

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Johan Verbeke (at podium), Permanent Representative of Belgium to the United Nation, presents a portrait to the UN, of Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa, and painted by a Belgian artist, Jan Beekman, at UN Headquarters in New York. Also at the ceremony from right to left: David Dinkins, former Mayor of New York […]

Nelson Mandela Portrait

Nelson Mandela Portrait

The Nelson Mandela portrait which Jan Beekman painted of Nelson Mandela occupies a unique position in his work.   Beekman had been praised as an excellent portrait painter when young, but he did not paint portraits in his long professional career. Although the outside world and more particularly the natural world remained his major source of inspiration, […]