por·​trai·​ture | \ ˈpȯr-trə-ˌchu̇r How to pronounce portraiture (audio) , -chər, -ˌtyu̇r, -ˌtu̇r \

Definition of portraiture

1 : the making of portraits : portrayal

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Examples of portraiture in a Sentence

The museum is exhibiting portraiture from the late 19th century.
Recent Examples on the Web The Zimmerliches, who specialize in family relationship portraiture, had been looking for a way to thank health-care workers for their sacrifices and received positive responses to family portrait sessions from hospitals in the Valley. Kimi Robinson, azcentral, "Phoenix front-line health-care workers can get free family portraits at Scottsdale studio," 2 June 2020 Her grounding in portraiture seems key to her subsequent singularity. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "Dorothea Lange and Félix Fénéon at MOMA, and Online," 11 May 2020 After a long absence in portraiture during the 18th and 19th centuries, pictures of pregnant women began to reappear in the early 20th century, Ms. Hearn said. Roslyn Sulcas, New York Times, "500 Years of Pregnant Women in Art," 13 Mar. 2020 His portraiture and commercial headshot work has dried up since the novel coronavirus hit Michigan. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit portrait photographer Noah Stephens reframes for an era of social distancing," 26 Apr. 2020 From the Early Renaissance to the postmodern and contemporary, artists have been using self-portraiture in every major movement of art — for centuries immortalizing themselves through their art. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "Art and the City: Dallas art galleries address themes of self-expression, anxiety, memory and reverence during the pandemic," 19 Apr. 2020 What’s most significant about this film, though, is its portraiture: the service personnel playfully and cheerfully film each other, along with women (not in uniform) who are working there, on a fire escape outside the studio. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "A Trove of Old Home Videos from MOMA, Now Available Online," 11 Apr. 2020 Yet to obsess over the timeliness of its white-supremacist villains is to minimize the universality of its psychological portraiture. Judy Berman, Time, "The Plot Against America," 13 Mar. 2020 The project launched Stephens’ career as a photographer, garnering national media attention, a Knight Foundation grant and a stream of portraiture clients that allowed him to quit a loathed office job and make a living exclusively as a photographer. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit portrait photographer Noah Stephens reframes for an era of social distancing," 26 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of portraiture

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of portraiture was in the 14th century

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“Portraiture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/portraiture. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of portraiture

: the art of making portraits
: portraits of people painted or drawn by artists

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