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John Singer Sargent (American, 1856–1925). Madame X (Madame Pierre Gautreau), 1883–84. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

In 1962, de Kooning was commissioned by the White House to paint the portrait of President John F. Kennedy. The portrait is one of de Kooning’s most well known and celebrated paintings.

Saint Ursula and Her Maidens, c.1410, Niccolò di Pietro; her symbolic attributes: some of her maiden companions, some holding martyrs' palms; a crown denoting her royal status; banners of Resurrection.