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.

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Will Marsden’s Anthon Raimund is a twist on portraiture. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "The Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition Takes a Traditional Turn," 13 July 2019 This unusual work, on loan from Dublin’s National Gallery of Ireland, combines portraiture, still life and religious narrative in a single rectangular canvas just under 2 feet high and twice as wide. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Review: 3 Velázquez paintings alone are reason to go, now, to this San Diego show," 26 June 2019 Smithsonian Secretary Skorton took the stage next, illustrating the power of portraiture with the story of Matthew Brady’s still-famous portrait of Abraham Lincoln (whose 209th birthday fittingly coincided with the ceremony). Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "The Obamas’ Official Portraits Break New Ground With Their Boldness," 13 Feb. 2018 The exhibition ranges from landscapes to portraitures. Anchorage Daily News, "Here is what you can expect for First Friday this week," 6 June 2019 Learn wildlife photography skills, including portraiture and camera trapping, and take photos with an eye to inspiring conservation efforts. National Geographic, "Botswana & Victoria Falls High School Expedition," 17 June 2019 The Farmington Library is currently hosting an art exhibit that focuses on portraiture and the human form. Michael Walsh, courant.com, "Farmington Library Art Show Focuses On The Human Form," 10 June 2019 The art is a combination of portraiture and archival images from places like The New York Times and the Associated Press. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, "When in Doubt, Decorate Your Room with Puppies, Puppies ... and More Puppies," 21 May 2019 Returning to New York in 1929, Abbott abruptly gave up portraiture. Deborah Solomon, New York Times, "Berenice Abbott: She Was a Camera," 1 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of portraiture

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

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