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

Definition of portraiture

1 : the making of portraits : portrayal
2 : portrait

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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 Artists use portraiture to build narratives and spark discussion around the subjects’ identities, experiences or actions. Shawna Davis, San Antonio Express-News, 3 June 2021 Sometimes alone, other times in a group, these shots have the quality of portraiture. Angelica Jade Bastién, Vulture, 21 May 2021 Indeed, it is said that the artist’s turn to portraiture in the nineteen-sixties was due, in large measure, to his having George to paint. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, 17 May 2021 And certainly, the arrival of Polaroid cameras, disposable ones and iPhones made portraiture a less precious act. Washington Post, 12 May 2021 For Chechet, this stimulation to authenticity happens largely through portraiture. Matthew Carey Salyer, Forbes, 4 May 2021 Collaborators on the project included Rashid Johnson, Liz Johnson Artur, Kapwani Kiwanga, Laraaji, Eric N. Mack, and Paul Mpagi Sepuya, whose portraiture also hangs in Wales Bonner’s studio alongside work by Samuel Fosso. Jessica Iredale, Town & Country, 27 Mar. 2021 His professional experience informs his portraiture and abstract pieces, which occasionally comment on the future of artificial intelligence and the ethics of modern technology. BostonGlobe.com, 13 May 2021 But the primary subject of the Met show is Neel’s portraiture. Jerry Saltz, Vulture, 6 Apr. 2021

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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 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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