Definition of portraiture in English:


Line breaks: por¦trait|ure
Pronunciation: /ˈpɔːtrɪtʃə


[mass noun]
  • 1The art of painting or taking portraits: Ingres is a master of portraiture
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    • The panel received little in the way of direct attention at this time; indeed, Romantic-era understandings of art history and portraiture were not conducive to an appreciation of the panel.
    • This exhibit focuses on the art genre of portraiture.
    • While employed by major commercial studios in Pittsburgh, Detroit and Toronto, he continued his studies of fine art, specializing in portraiture, figure, and plein air landscape painting.
  • 1.1Vivid and detailed description: his strength as a novelist lay in his portraiture of upper-class families
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    • The strong undertone of moral earnestness, never preached, gives a stability and force to the vivid portraiture, and prevents the satiric touches from degenerating into mere malice.
    • While there are a few, very minor factual errors, the general span and scope of the book, not to mention the detailed portraiture of the ballerina in her world, are admirable.
    • In America, this director's heartfelt portrait of a family in crisis, waits patiently for much of its running time before explicitly acknowledging its portraiture of spirituality in crisis.
  • 1.2 [count noun] formal A portrait.
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    • Like little portraitures and landscapes, they give the reader glimpses into people and places long since gone.
    • Undoubtedly, the author's unique use of newspapers, portraitures, plantation records and diaries, and traveler's accounts, allows readers to get a glimpse of slaves' own insights regarding their nightmarish circumstance.
    • The dominant trend in African American portraitures, however, has been created and nurtured by succeeding generations of white imagemakers, beginning as far back as the colonial era.


late Middle English: from Old French, from portrait (see portrait).

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