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

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Examples of portraiture in a Sentence

The museum is exhibiting portraiture from the late 19th century.

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But Neel made portraiture into something else entirely. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Searching for Myself in Alice Neel’s Radical Portraits," 26 Feb. 2019 In portraiture, you’re allowed to take some license. Lane Florsheim, WSJ, "Annie Leibovitz on Being Envious of Herself," 13 Feb. 2019 For centuries, portraiture—in America and elsewhere—has been devoted to the exposition of the lives of the rich, the famous, the royal, the historical, the heroic. Alicia Ault, Smithsonian, "Two Artists in Search of Missing History," 5 Apr. 2018 After 1945, Kokoschka recommits himself to portraiture. A.j. Goldmann, WSJ, "‘Oskar Kokoschka—Expressionist, Migrant, European. A Retrospective’ Review: Longevity as Blessing and Curse," 2 Jan. 2019 But beyond the flowery wallpapers with matching lampshades, dog portraiture, needlepoint and traditional European antiques was a quirky man with a wicked sense of humor. The Editors, ELLE Decor, "Remembering Mario Buatta: Designers, Colleagues, and Clients Share Their Memories of the "Prince of Chintz"," 16 Oct. 2018 In the early 16th century, a format of portraiture developed that was stunning in its impact, showing subjects life-size, full-length and standing. Cath Pound, New York Times, "When the Old Masters Were the P.R. Agents of the Rich and Powerful," 14 Mar. 2018 Since then, Yuskavage has built a body of similarly provocative work, drawing on classical European painterly techniques of portraiture to subvert and recast ideas about the female form. Thomas Gebremedhin, WSJ, "Lisa Yuskavage’s Art Continues to Defy Characterization," 6 Nov. 2018 Elements like mod leather chairs, Native American pottery, midcentury portraiture, touchable textile wallhangings, and kids art all live comfortably in this 19th-century home. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "5 Victorian homes to get you in the mood for fall," 1 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of portraiture

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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portraiture

noun

English Language Learners Definition of portraiture

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

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