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Styles of Portrait Paintings Portrait paintings are a classic genre of fine art, with examples from many movements throughout art history. Portraits are fascinating windows into the humanity of painters and their subjects, and portraits can be some of the most expressive pieces in a collection. Examples of Classical and Renaissance portraiture show the values of the both painter and the subject, featuring conspicuous displays of wealth along with virtuosic talent and technique from the painter in creating realistic portraits. These pieces formed the basis of modern portrait paintings and contemporary portraiture. Moving beyond realism into expressionism and abstraction, contemporary portraits display the same artistic prowess balanced with the emotion, depth, and inner life of the subject. Subjects in Portrait Paintings Portrait painting is as much an expression of the artist as it is of the subject. Artists choose diverse subjects for portraits, often created as studies or in series with multiple pieces of the same subject. Artists may undertake self portraiture to hone technique or explore inner psychologies. Whether meant for private studio practice or public exhibition, self portraits offer a fascinating look into how artists choose to represent themselves. Traditional portrait paintings have featured individuals in highly posed and choreographed settings. Unsurprisingly, modern artists have subverted such tradition by choosing unique settings or even centering a non-human subject in a portrait style. Materials Used in Portrait Paintings Classical portrait paintings are in oil on canvas. Contemporary artists may lean into or consciously subvert this convention, playing with new materials for portrait paintings. Acrylic portrait paintings can have a more modern look, with the medium engendering colorful and energetic pieces. Watercolor portraits are also popular, with poetic realism achieved by layering washes of tones to create skin, hair, and features. Famous Artists of Portrait Paintings In a society that weighs artistic talent as a unique kind of genius, many of the most famous portrait paintings are self-portraits by famous artists throughout time. Baroque painter Rembrandt and Early Renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli also took brush to canvas for portraits of noble people and mythological figures. Of course, Renaissance portraiture notably includes Mona Lisa by Leonardo DaVinci. Later painters who were especially known for self-portraits include Frida Kahlo and Vincent van Gogh. Though the two used very different styles, the flawed yet proud nature of their self-portraits is strikingly similar. The famous artist Pablo Picasso was also a prolific painter of portraits, both self-portraits and portraits of models and friends.