A. Definition and issues
The P. (borrowed from French portrait, ‘image’) as a portrayal of a person was known from Classical Antiquity, and it was incorporated into many forms of social practice. There was an upsurge in the production both of biographies written for literary and historiographic reasons and of visual renditions focused on the face (paintings, graphics, sculpture) during the Renaissance, attesting to a new social interest in the individual personality and its specific qualities.
From its earliest manifestations, the P. was primarily an instrument of memo…
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Ruby, Sigrid (Gießen),
Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism
, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2017). Original German-language edition: Renaissance-Humanismus. Herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 9. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2014).
Consulted online on 27 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps8_SIM_004942>
First published online: 2015