Painted varnishes are 30% solutions of resins in pinene, with the exception of kopalovy varnish, where kopalovy resin is dissolved in linseed oil. The following types of varnishes are available,…

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How to buy a genuine picture
Authentication methods when buying paintings, graphics and other works of modern art. When you are going to buy an expensive enough painting to invest money, as a gift, or just…

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Engraving Techniques
But circulation is only one of the properties of engraving. Engraving is a special kind of fine art and it has its own language, its aesthetics, its capabilities, which are…

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A portrait (derived from the French word portrait) is an artistic image of a person with the transmission of his inner world.
In the portrait, a person can be depicted on the chest, waist, hips, knees, full height.
The portrait may have a different turn of the head: in full face, in a quarter of a turn to the right or left, half-turn, in three quarters, in profile.
The format of the portrait can be different: rectangular vertical, rectangular horizontal, square, oval or round.
The portrait is divided by size: portrait miniature, easel portrait (painting, graphic, sculpture), monumental portrait (monument, mural, mosaic).
The portrait is divided by the method of execution: oil, pencil, pastel, watercolor, dry brush, engraved, miniature, photographic, etc.
A portrait can be painted in various styles: academicism, realism, impressionism, expressionism, modern, abstract art, surrealism, cubism, pop art, etc.

Self portrait. Vincent Van Gogh
Self-portrait – a graphic, pictorial or sculptural image of the artist, made by himself using a mirror or a system of mirrors.

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Portrait of Empress Catherine II with allegorical figures of the Fortress and Truth Johann Lampi 1790s Oil on canvas. 288 x 206 cm Location: Arkhangelsk Museum of Fine Arts
Allegorical portrait – a type of costume portrait, in which the image of the portrait is presented in the form of allegory.

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Peter the Great 1838 Paul Delaroche
Military portrait – a kind of ceremonial portrait – a portrait in the image of a commander.

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Group portrait – a portrait that includes at least three characters.

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Child portrait

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A donor portrait is a type of religious portrait in which a donor is depicted in a picture (for example, next to Jesus).
Donor (from Latin donator – donor) – the customer, organizer and patron of the construction of a Catholic church, or the customer and donor of a temple decorating works of fine or decorative art.
In the photo – Piero della Francesca “Altar of Montefeltro”. On the right, on the lap of the donor – the Duke of Montefeltro.

Genre portrait
Genre portrait – a portrait where the portrait is presented in a semantic and plot relationship with the objects of everyday life surrounding it, nature, architecture, people, etc.

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Female portrait

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Individual portrait – a portrait that includes one character.

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Intimate portrait
An intimate portrait is a chamber portrait with a neutral background, expressing the trusting relationship between the artist and the person being portrayed.

Portrait A.V. Suvorov with a field marshal’s baton
A historical portrait is a portrait of a historical figure.

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Chamber portrait – a portrait using a waist, chest, or shoulder image of a person. Usually in a chamber portrait, the figure is given against a neutral background.

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Caricature – (derived from Italian caricare – exaggerate) – a satirical or humorous portrait.

Colossal portrait of Konstantin
A colossal portrait is a portrait of huge sizes (usually in sculpture).

Equestrian portrait – a kind of ceremonial portrait.

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Costumed portrait – a portrait in which a person is represented as an allegorical, mythological, historical, theatrical or literary character. Typically, the names “in the form” or “in the image” are included in the names of such portraits.

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Coronation portrait – a solemn image of the monarch on the day of accession to the throne, in coronation regalia, usually in full growth.

Clerk portrait
The portrait of a teacher is a type of religious portrait in which the person who made the donation is depicted in the picture.
Ktitor (from the Greek. Κτήτωρ – owner, founder, creator) – a person who has allocated funds for the construction or repair of an Orthodox church or monastery, or for its decoration with icons, murals, objects of decorative art.

In the photo – Ktitor Radivoy with his family and Metropolitan Kalevit with a model of the church (Kremikovsky monastery).

Small and miniature portraits
Small-format and miniature portraits – a portrait of a small format (up to 20 cm), usually a watercolor, ink, or circulation graphics: etching, lithography, woodcut, etc.
A miniature portrait can be chamber or ceremonial, have a plot basis or not. As in a large portrait, the depicted face can be placed on a neutral, landscape background or in the interior.

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