portraiture


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por·trai·ture

 (pôr′trĭ-cho͝or′)
n.
1. The art or practice of making portraits.
2. A portrait.
3. Portraits considered as a group.

portraiture

(ˈpɔːtrɪtʃə)
n
1. (Art Terms) the practice or art of making portraits
2. (Art Terms)
a. another term for portrait1
b. portraits collectively
3. a verbal description

por•trai•ture

(ˈpɔr trɪ tʃər, ˈpoʊr-)

n.
1. the art or practice of making portraits.
2. a pictorial representation; portrait.
3. a verbal picture.

portraiture

1. the process or art of painting portraits.
2. the portrait itself.
3. portraits collectively.
See also: Art
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.portraiture - a word picture of a person's appearance and character
characterisation, characterization, delineation, depiction, word picture, word-painting, picture - a graphic or vivid verbal description; "too often the narrative was interrupted by long word pictures"; "the author gives a depressing picture of life in Poland"; "the pamphlet contained brief characterizations of famous Vermonters"
2.portraiture - the activity of making portraits
delineation, depiction, portrayal - representation by drawing or painting etc
Translations

portraiture

[ˈpɔːtrɪtʃəʳ] N (= portrait) → retrato m; (= portraits collectively) → retratos mpl; (= art of portraiture) → arte m de retratar
Spanish portraiture in the 16th centuryretratos mpl españoles del siglo XVI

portraiture

n (= portrait)Porträt nt; (= portraits collectively)Porträts pl; (= art of portraiture) (painting) → Porträtmalerei f; (Phot) → Porträtfotografie f

portraiture

[ˈpɔːtrɪtʃəʳ] n (Art) → ritrattistica
References in classic literature ?
A further proof is, that novices in the art attain to finish: of diction and precision of portraiture before they can construct the plot.
But Doctor Byles, and other gentlemen who had long been familiar with the successive rulers of the province, were heard to whisper the names of Shirley, of Pownall, of Sir Francis Bernard, and of the well-remembered Hutchinson; thereby confessing that the actors, whoever they might be, in this spectral march of governors, had succeeded in putting on some distant portraiture of the real personages.
The fur trade itself, which has given life to all this portraiture, is essentially evanescent.
There is nothing in literature more remarkable than the impression produced by Dana's portraiture of the homely inner life of a little brig's forecastle.
The falling of other walls had compressed the victim of my cruelty into the substance of the freshly-spread plaster; the lime of which, with the flames, and the ammonia from the carcass, had then accomplished the portraiture as I saw it.
For divinity, maketh the love of ourselves the pattern; the love of our neighbors, but the portraiture.
Among them towers the Poet Laureate, to whom perhaps Higgins may owe his Miltonic sympathies, though here again I must disclaim all portraiture.
I believe I was rather more willing to accept it as a faithful portraiture then than I should be now; and I certainly never made any question of it with my friend the organ-builder.
Ward is most successful in female portraiture, her own mind and culture have an unmistakable virility and grasp and scientific firmness.
In intensifying the portraiture of Giants, he had sunk quite a little capital; and, though no painter himself, he could indicate, for the instruction of his artists, with a piece of chalk, a certain furtive leer for the countenances of those monsters, which was safe to destroy the peace of mind of any young gentleman between the ages of six and eleven, for the whole Christmas or Midsummer Vacation.
Elisabeth Baudoyer, nee Saillard, is one of those persons who escape portraiture through their utter commonness; yet who ought to be sketched, because they are specimens of that second-rate Parisian bourgeoisie which occupies a place above the well-to-do artisan and below the upper middle classes,--a tribe whose virtues are well-nigh vices, whose defects are never kindly, but whose habits and manners, dull and insipid though they be, are not without a certain originality.
These colors had now assumed, and were momentarily assuming, a startling and most intense brilliancy, that gave to the spectral and fiendish portraitures an aspect that might have thrilled even firmer nerves than my own.