por·​trai·​ture ˈpȯr-trə-ˌchu̇r How to pronounce portraiture (audio)
: the making of portraits : portrayal

Examples of portraiture in a Sentence

The museum is exhibiting portraiture from the late 19th century.
Recent Examples on the Web Ideas and history seem to fall out of traditional portraiture, which captures psychology and physical presence, and real people don’t seem to exist in art that stylizes and abstracts familiar realities. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2024 The celebratory portraiture that has gummed up our galleries over the last five years is out, too. Martha Schwendener, New York Times, 13 Mar. 2024 Unlike some other West African nations, Senegal has no recorded history of portraiture before photography, Paoletti said. Thomas Page, CNN, 1 Mar. 2024 Hassan has been working for decades collecting and creating artefacts that embody his beloved Marrakech through portraiture. Caterina De Biasio, Vogue, 20 Mar. 2024 Antique photographs of rural scenes and regional portraiture, picked up at local flea markets, hung on the pale yellow walls. Aimee Farrell, New York Times, 15 Mar. 2024 Large cozy couch, my portraiture collection of women ranging from 17th century to Art Deco. EW.com, 4 Mar. 2024 One of the hallmarks of Sherald’s work is her use of traditional portraiture genres to feature Black figures through a style that has been described as simplified realism. Amy Carleton, Charlotte Observer, 29 Feb. 2024 While their accounts serve as a testament to their family values, together, their stories also contribute to the mosaic of the modern Detroiter experience, captured by the museum in color and portraiture. Kylie Martin, Detroit Free Press, 27 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
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 14 Apr. 2024.

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