Portrait

A portrait is a painting, photograph, sculpture, or other artistic representation of a person, in which the face and its expression is predominant. The intent is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the person. For this reason, in photography a portrait is generally not a snapshot, but a composed image of a person in a still position. A portrait often shows a person looking directly at the painter or photographer, in order to most successfully engage the subject with the viewer.

Read more about PortraitHistory, Orientation of Head in 2-dimensional Artwork, Self-portraiture, Portrait Photography, Politics, Literature

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Famous quotes containing the word portrait:

    Few persons who have ever sat for a portrait can have felt anything but inferior while the process is going on.
    Anthony Powell (b. 1905)

    Giles Lacey: I say, old boy, I’m trying to find exactly what your wife does do.
    Maxim de Winter: She sketches a little.
    Giles Lacey: Sketches. Oh not this modern stuff, I hope. You know, portrait of a lamp shade upside down to represent a soul in torment.
    Robert E. Sherwood (1896–1955)

    Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.
    Oscar Wilde (1854–1900)