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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The exhibition ranges from landscapes to portraitures. Anchorage Daily News, "Here is what you can expect for First Friday this week," 6 June 2019 Learn wildlife photography skills, including portraiture and camera trapping, and take photos with an eye to inspiring conservation efforts. National Geographic, "Botswana & Victoria Falls High School Expedition," 17 June 2019 The Farmington Library is currently hosting an art exhibit that focuses on portraiture and the human form. Michael Walsh, courant.com, "Farmington Library Art Show Focuses On The Human Form," 10 June 2019 The art is a combination of portraiture and archival images from places like The New York Times and the Associated Press. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, "When in Doubt, Decorate Your Room with Puppies, Puppies ... and More Puppies," 21 May 2019 Returning to New York in 1929, Abbott abruptly gave up portraiture. Deborah Solomon, New York Times, "Berenice Abbott: She Was a Camera," 1 June 2018 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

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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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