- What's a "portrait painter"?
- Who are the popular portrait painters?
|Diego Velasquez - self-portrait (Las Meninas)|
Here are some definitions of "portrait painter". Do you know any more?
Here's the Princeton definition
(n) portraitist, portrait painter, portrayer, limner (a painter or drawer of portraits)This is the wikipedia version - which focuses on what portrait painting is more than what a portrait painter is
Princeton University - wordnet definition of "portrait painter"
Portrait painting is a genre in painting, where the intent is to depict the visual appearance of the subject. Beside human beings, animals, pets and even inanimate objects can be chosen as the subject for a portrait.......Portraitists create their work by commission, for public and private persons, or are inspired by admiration or affection for the subject.....A well-executed portrait is expected to show the inner essence of the subject (from the artist's point of view) or a flattering representation, not just a literal likeness.Websters provides a list of synonyms and translations for "portrait painter"
Wikipedia - portrait painter
Ignoring for the moment that figurative art can include subject matter which are not figures, for me the difficulty arises over:
- Where does portraiture start and finish and where does figurative art takes over?
- Is an artist a superior portrait artist if able to draw and sculpt as well as paint?
- Should the query be about which are the best portrait artists or the best portrait painters?
Who are the popular portrait painters?
I also need to come up with the names of favourite portrait painters! Plus I also need to decide who is and who is not a portrait painter - as per the conundrum re portraiture and figurative art (in the sense of painting figures)
Lady Agnew of Lochnaw by John Singer Sargent
A portrait is a painting with something a little wrong with the mouth.John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), American painter of many portraits
Interestingly Wikipedia is surprisingly silent on this topic - having a very lightweight list of portrait artists.
This is the list of The Top 10 Best Portrait Painters according to the Encyclopedia of Irish and World Art (which is a wonderful resource for all those interested in art history)
- Rembrandt van Rijn
- Leonardo da Vinci
- Diego Velaquez
- Jan van Eyck
- John Singer Sargent
- Hans Holbein the Younger
- Sir Anthony van Dyck
- Theodore Gericault
- Giuseppe Arcimboldo
Concept Art has a thread about Who was the greatest portrait painter?
|Doge Leonardo Loredan by Giovanni Bellini|
|Holbein - Lady with a Squirrel|
- Tell me who are your top ten portrait artists are!
- PLUS which are the top portrait artists missing from the above lists?