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Schwarzenegger unveils official portrait by Austrian artist

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (L) looks at his official gubernatorial portrait with his sons Patrick (C) and Christopher (R) during an unveiling ceremony in the Rotunda of the State Capitol on September 8, 2014 in Sacramento, California. Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was joined by current Gov. Jerry Brown to unveil his official gubernatorial portrait at the State Capitol.
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (L) looks at his official gubernatorial portrait with his sons Patrick (C) and Christopher (R) during an unveiling ceremony in the Rotunda of the State Capitol on September 8, 2014 in Sacramento, California. Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was joined by current Gov. Jerry Brown to unveil his official gubernatorial portrait at the State Capitol.
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Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (L) looks at his official gubernatorial portrait with his sons Patrick (C) and Christopher (R) during an unveiling ceremony in the Rotunda of the State Capitol on September 8, 2014 in Sacramento, California. Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was joined by current Gov. Jerry Brown to unveil his official gubernatorial portrait at the State Capitol.
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks during an portrait unveiling ceremony in the Rotunda of the State Capitol on September 8, 2014 in Sacramento, California. Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was joined by current Gov. Jerry Brown to unveil his official gubernatorial portrait at the State Capitol.
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Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (L) looks at his official gubernatorial portrait with his sons Patrick (C) and Christopher (R) during an unveiling ceremony in the Rotunda of the State Capitol on September 8, 2014 in Sacramento, California. Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was joined by current Gov. Jerry Brown to unveil his official gubernatorial portrait at the State Capitol.
The official gubernatorial portrait of former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is displayed in the Rotunda of the State Capitol following an unveiling ceremony September 8, 2014 in Sacramento, California. Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was joined by current Gov. Jerry Brown to unveil his official gubernatorial portrait at the State Capitol.
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Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has lifted the curtain on his official state portrait, revealing a photograph-like giant image of the onetime bodybuilder in front of the official California seal.

Schwarzenegger revealed the portrait at a ceremony in the rotunda of the state Capitol on Monday, nearly four years after he left office. Among the political notables at the event were several former state Assembly speakers.

The portrait was done by Austrian artist Gottfried Helnwein, a realist who previously illustrated Andy Warhol and John F. Kennedy.

Schwarzenegger, a movie star before he entered politics in 2003, says he owes all his accomplishments in life to California, a mythical place "where nothing is impossible."