What is portrait?

  • (noun): A painting of a person's face.
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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.

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Portrait - Literature
... In literature the term portrait refers to a written description or analysis of a person or thing ... A written portrait often gives deep insight, and offers an analysis that goes far beyond the superficial ... Cornwell wrote a best-selling book titled Portrait of a Killer about the personality, background, and possible motivations of Jack the Ripper, as well as the media coverage of his murders, and the subsequent ...
Hermann Rosa - Works
1937 Pferdegruppe composition 1947 Wassertägerin (bronze) 1948/49 Eva, portrait (bronze) 1949 Eva, act (bronze) 1950 Flucht (Flight), relief (bronze) 1951 Sinnende (bronze) 1952 Liebespaar (Lovers) (bronze ...
100 Great Paintings - Selection of Works Presented
... John Constable Salisbury Cathedral (1823) Lovis Corinth Self-portrait in Front of the Easel (1914) Correggio Leda and the Swan (c ... a Train (1911) Albrecht Dürer Picture of a Young Venetian Woman Albrecht Dürer Self-portrait (1498) Anthonis van Dyck Samson and Delilah (c ... in a Single Scull (1871) James Ensor Self-portrait with Masks (1899) Max Ernst Attirement of the Bride (1939) Jan van Eyck The Madonna of the Chancellor Rolin (1434) Lyonel Feininger Bird Cloud (1926) Lucio ...
François-Hubert Drouais - Gallery
... His signature in "Family Portrait" in the collection of the National Gallery of Art Portrait de Buffon (1707-1788) Commemorative Portrait of Madame de Pompadour (1721 ...

More definitions of "portrait":

  • (noun): Any likeness of a person.
    Synonyms: portrayal

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