A mural of Michelle Obama dressed as an Egyptian queen that popped up on an apartment building in Chicago last week has become quite controversial because the man who put it there is being accused of stealing the image from another artist.
Last fall, an Ethiopian art student based in New York named Gelila Mesfin created a portrait of Michelle Obama based off this one that appeared in The New York Times. At the end of October, the 24-year-old posted her original artwork to Instagram:
This past Friday, a nearly identical portrait showed up on the side of a building on the south side of Chicago as a mural, The Washington Post reports. However, Mesfin had not been contacted about nor credited for the painting.