portraiture

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n portraiture the activity of making portraits
    • n portraiture a word picture of a person's appearance and character
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Portraiture A portrait; a likeness; a painted resemblance; hence, that which is copied from some example or model. "For, by the image of my cause, I see
      The portraiture of his."
      "Divinity maketh the love of ourselves the pattern; the love of our neighbors but the portraiture ."
    • Portraiture Pictures, collectively; painting.
    • Portraiture The art or practice of making portraits.
    • v. t Portraiture To represent by a portrait, or as by a portrait; to portray.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n portraiture A representation or picture; a painted resemblance; a likeness or portrait.
    • n portraiture Likenesses or portraits collectively.
    • n portraiture The art of making portraits; the art or practice of portraying or depicting, whether in pictures or in words; the art of the portraitist.
    • portraiture To paint; portray.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Portraiture a likeness: the drawing of portraits, or describing in words: a collection of pictures
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. portraiture,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. portrait, portraire—L. pro, forth, trahĕre, to draw.

Usage

In literature:

Such sketches are a pleasant relief to his more sombre portraiture; but it is in the tragic elements that his true power comes out.
"Hours in a Library" by Leslie Stephen
Another Taylor, the well-known French baron of that name, is much more mildly treated, though with little less skill of portraiture.
"Essays in English Literature, 1780-1860" by George Saintsbury
But the miller and the carman were not the only portraitures this model showed.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
History and portraiture seem to have been the prevailing subjects; a secular art corresponding to the social ideals of Confucianism.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 2" by Various
As might be expected, she excels in portraiture.
"Celebrated Women Travellers of the Nineteenth Century" by W. H. Davenport Adams
He is inferior to her in delicacy of portraiture, in finish, in atmosphere.
"Studies in Contemporary Biography" by James Bryce, Viscount Bryce
By means of original incident and keen portraiture, "Miss Ayr of Virginia, and Other Stories," is made a decidedly readable collection.
"Checkers" by Henry M. Blossom
I'm not much in portraiture anyhow.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
It is to his initiative that we owe the only suggestions in portraiture of Agnes Sorel.
"Of Six Mediæval Women" by Alice Kemp-Welch
His outdoor scenes are hardly less personal in their portraiture.
"Artists Past and Present" by Elisabeth Luther Cary
THE fashionable life of a great city has a character of sameness which defies all attempts at portraiture.
"The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Or,Three Roads In Life" by Charles James Lever
Americans have been accused of an undue taste for portraiture; the taste has its foundation in the character of the nation.
"Maids Wives and Bachelors" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
Subsequently he also devoted himself to portraiture.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 4" by Various
The life-portraiture, inner as well as outer, is perfect and minute to admiration.
"The Galaxy, April, 1877" by Various
Words are a dull medium for portraiture, or I am too dull a dog to catch with them even a phantasmal likeness.
"The Book of Susan" by Lee Wilson Dodd
Nowhere have we anything like such large and graphic portraiture as here.
"Misread Passage of Scriptures" by J. Baldwin Brown
Both have the power of portraitures, extraordinary for vividness and strength.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 16" by Various
He had always had a marked talent for quick character-sketches and a bold kind of portraiture.
"Where the Path Breaks" by Charles de Créspigny
Still, they do serve to complete the portraiture of the hero's character.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 6" by Various
The best judges of Scottish manners have borne witness to the exactness of her portraiture.
"Woman's Work in English Fiction" by Clara Helen Whitmore
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In poetry:

The fluttering green banners there
Are wrought with ladies' heads most fair,
And a portraiture of Guenevere
The middle of each sail doth bear.
"Near Avalon" by William Morris
But I, far happier, am secure;
I know the eyes benign,
The face more beautiful and pure
Than fancy's fairest portraiture
That mark my Valentine.
"A Valentine" by James Russell Lowell
And, following out their dim suggestions,
Some idly-curious hand may draw
My doubtful portraiture, as Cuvier
Drew fish and bird from fin and claw.
"The First Flowers" by John Greenleaf Whittier
So let me dream! I may not see
That stately palace crown thy brow,
Those roses may not bloom for me,
But, as thou art, I love thee now,
Content thy future to resign
To abler portraiture than mine.
"Isola Comacina" by John Lawson Stoddard
So thought I when I saw the face
By happy portraiture reveal'd
Of one adorn'd with every grace,
Her name and date from me conceal'd,
But not her story; she had been
The pride of many a splendid scene.
"The Recluse" by James Montgomery

In news:

The current black and white portraiture exhibit at Pensacola Museum of Art, of the same name, profiles the feeling of imprisonment homelessness can evoke.
This is remarkable for its portraiture.
Museum show features artist's portraiture.
Self- portraiture by, and curated by, students in NCMA's Self, Observed.
Portraiture was the art of a new city, nation.
British Journalist Wins Arnold Newman Award for Portraiture .
The Moment of Self-Portraiture in German Renaissance Art by Joseph Leo Koerner University of Chicago Press, 543 pp.
Portraiture essential for serious portrait retouching .
Vaguely Familiar is an "experiment in portraiture" in which artists capture the people around them.
I've always preferred compact monolights for on-location portraiture.
Lucian Freud , Figurative Painter Who Redefined Portraiture, Is Dead at 88.
Photographers can submit portrait photos as a single entry or series in these respective categories: Celebrity, Editorial, Animal and Self Portraits , and Environmental Portraiture .
Only slowly does the notion of periodic portraiture begin to jell and the exhibit gather steam.
The Brooklyn Museum Hosts 'Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture'.
Portraiture of rulers continued during the post-classic period as well.
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In science:

Suppose, a child photographer is interested in nature photography as well as child portraiture.
Personalizing Image Search Results on Flickr
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