portraiture

noun
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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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 Go here as much to admire Hadid's slithering metal structure as for the impressive, at-times edgy exhibitions and collection that can include an overture of famed Italo-Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi and street portraiture from Tehran. Laura Itzkowitz, Condé Nast Traveler, "Rome's Art & Architecture: Our Guide," 5 Mar. 2018 Photo: The Frick Collection, New York Exhibited alone in the Frick Oval Room to replicate the original effect of the state house rotunda, Canova’s serene monument strikes an uneasy balance between the conflicting demands of portraiture and allegory. Barrymore Laurence Scherer, WSJ, "‘Canova’s George Washington’ Review: The Very Model of a Lost Masterpiece," 9 June 2018 Hurd was already decades into his successful career as a painter, specializing in portraiture and landscapes of the American Southwest. Zoe Sayler, Smithsonian, "The Presidential Portrait That Was the “Ugliest Thing” LBJ Ever Saw," 16 Feb. 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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