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 ... American author Patricia 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 ...
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... Constable Salisbury Cathedral (1823) Lovis Corinth Self-portrait in Front of the Easel (1914) Correggio Leda and the Swan (c ... in a Train (1911) Albrecht Dürer Picture of a Young Venetian Woman Albrecht Dürer Self-portrait (1498) Anthonis van Dyck Samson and Delilah (c ... 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 ...
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 (1721-1764) Madame ...
Hermann Rosa - Works
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Ewan Christian - Life - National Portrait Gallery
... remebered today for his design of the National Portrait Gallery (1890–95) in St Martin's Place, London, situated just north of Trafalgar Square ... The first floor for this block has large round-arched windows which bear portrait busts in roundels of famous painters, sculptors, antiquarians and historians, including Hans Holbein, Sir Peter Lely, Sir ... impressive pedimented entrance block is richly treated with more portrait busts in roundels, which include that for the 5th Earl Stanhope (1805–75) whose campaign in parliament had led to the NPG's ...

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    Long before Einstein told us that matter is energy, Machiavelli and Hobbes and other modern political philosophers defined man as a lump of matter whose most politically relevant attribute is a form of energy called “self-interestedness.” This was not a portrait of man “warts and all.” It was all wart.
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    Few persons who have ever sat for a portrait can have felt anything but inferior while the process is going on.
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    It is the business of the critic, as of the portrait painter, to synthesize a million glances at his subject that will tell the onlooker at one glance the truth about him, as ultimate as he can get it.
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