por·trai·ture | \ ˈpȯr-trə-ˌchu̇r , -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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At a breakfast forum on Thursday at the New Albany Country Club, with its high ceilings and portraiture of dogs and horses, the candidates engaged in civil debate and essentially staked out orthodox positions of their parties. Michael Tackett, New York Times, "Door-Knocking Democrat Tries to Break G.O.P. Grip in Ohio Special Election," 13 July 2018 To the casual museumgoer, Georgian portraiture conjures stiff, self-satisfied images of frilly costumes and gravity-defying hairdos. Maxwell Carter, WSJ, "‘Gainsborough’ Review: A Special Light Shone Out of Him," 25 May 2018 Though European in origin, the mystique of Daguerre’s portraiture caught on in America like nowhere else. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "How Daguerreotype Photography Reflected a Changing America," 19 June 2018 Fassbinder juggles almost two dozen characters here, and the social portraiture equals anything else in his oeuvre. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "When Rainer Werner Fassbinder cheered up," 17 May 2018 Following the Civil War, portraiture helped to glamorize that transition by illustrating tough guys and girls who bore arms with self-confidence and swagger. Kim Sajet, Smithsonian, "How Portraiture Gave Rise to the Glamour of Guns," 23 Mar. 2018 Towns has been praised for melding the traditions of portraiture with quilting to create an entirely new, hybrid art form that tackles such tough subjects as the Nat Turner slave rebellion of 1831. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Two of Baltimore's hottest artists — Amy Sherald and Stephen Towns — to host public talk about their work," 14 Mar. 2018 The juried traveling exhibition of landscapes, portraiture, still life and abstract imagery features top artworks selected from thousands of entries across the world. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Lions Club member receives fellowship award ...community news," 14 July 2018 Seth was best known for his portraiture, while John for his engravings. Annie Gentile, Courant Community, "Art Gallery Dedicated At Cheney Homestead," 21 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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