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portraiture

[pawr-tri-cher, pohr-] /ˈpɔr trɪ tʃər, ˈpoʊr-/
noun
1.
the art or an instance of making portraits.
2.
a pictorial representation; portrait.
3.
a verbal picture.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English < Middle French; see portrait, -ure
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Examples from the web for portraiture
  • The intimacy of those photos stands out from the vast sea of portraiture.
  • He thinks one big potential market will be three-dimensional portraiture, so people can create busts for immortality.
  • After working in advertising, he turned his skills to portraiture with an emphasis on natural history subjects.
  • It is a series of mini-exhibitions, each on portraiture from a different region.
  • In this consists the chief advantage of biography, as in painting, a portraiture draws its life from the strength of the features.
  • The portraiture of individuals is as successful as that of the society in which they move.
  • Preserved by the dry desert environment, such works make up the richest body of portraiture to have survived antiquity.
  • The idea was to relate self-portraiture to architecture by creating a floor plan of an imaginary building.
  • Reproductions testify that he had a subtle sense of color and a firm gift for telling portraiture.
  • In its intense devotion to a single subject, the series is virtually unprecedented in the history of portraiture.
British Dictionary definitions for portraiture

portraiture

/ˈpɔːtrɪtʃə/
noun
1.
the practice or art of making portraits
2.
  1. another term for portrait (sense 1)
  2. portraits collectively
3.
a verbal description
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Word Origin and History for portraiture
n.

mid-14c., from Old French portraiture "portrait, image, portrayal, resemblance" (12c.), from portrait (see portrait).

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