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Portrait painting is a genre in painting, where the intent is to depict a human subject. The term ‘portrait painting’ can also describe the actual painted Portret. Portraitists may create their work by commission, for public and private persons, or they may be inspired by admiration or affection for the subject. Portret are often important state and family records, as well as remembrances.

Historically, Portret paintings have primarily memorialized the rich and powerful. Over time, however, it became more common for middle-class patrons to commission Portret of their families and colleagues. Today, portrait paintings are still commissioned by governments, corporations, groups, clubs, and individuals. In addition to painting, Portret can also be made in other media such as etching, lithography, photography, video and digital media.

One of the best-known Portret in the Western world is Leonardo da Vinci’s painting titled Mona Lisa, which is a painting of Lisa del Giocondo. What has been claimed as the world’s oldest known portrait was found in 2006 in the Vilhonneur grotto near Angoul√™me and is thought to be 27,000 years old