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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 periodicals archive ?
We had even started questioning its origins, being so unlike Leach's body of work--except for one other equestrian sculpture.
Using photocopied material, the artist (formerly Spartacus Chetwynd, and before that Lali Chetwynd I combined snippets of Gothic buildings, twenty-first-century faces, equestrian sculpture, and zoological illustrations (of rabbits, birds, bats), plus a smattering of monkey's faces, human breasts, and hummingbirds.
Nowadays the equestrian sculpture is looking rather tired and rejected e but at one time the creation was held in very high regard.