portraiture

noun
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

Examples of portraiture in a Sentence

The museum is exhibiting portraiture from the late 19th century.
Recent Examples on the Web In another example of self-portraiture, Mr. Clemente inserted himself as the vagabond-like Fool, typically regarded as a tarot deck’s first card. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, 22 July 2022 Even when Johnson avoided direct self-portraiture, his quirky fixations were always evident. Vince Aletti, The New Yorker, 22 July 2022 Teal’s frank realism in self-portraiture is startlingly intimate. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, 5 July 2022 As Phillips’s piece underscores, photographic imagery is essential to recent portraiture, even if only indirectly. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 12 May 2022 Mark Peckmezian’s debut photography book, comprising 115 snapshots taken in over 35 cities and showcasing an almost unnervingly naturalistic approach to portraiture that has led to commissions from the likes of Gucci, Dior and Hermès. New York Times, 28 Oct. 2021 Lyons, who has previously produced series on marginalized youths in Mozambique and Ukraine, treats portraiture as an act of collaboration -- and his subjects as friends. CNN, 25 July 2022 Still, Hall’s engagement with portraiture is predicated on bigger questions about race and class—including who is and isn’t invited into certain spaces. Marley Marius, Vogue, 15 July 2022 In addition to celebrating the honorees, the gala highlights the museum and its work in contemporary portraiture, Sajet said. Washington Post, 26 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of portraiture

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Last Updated

13 Aug 2022

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“Portraiture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/portraiture. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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