This page is unending...

and at first I thought about placing it within an already existing category, such as Graphic Art, Human Anatomy, etc.

But then I quickly realized that it could have its own "category" and should... so here it is...as a beginning...

Then I thought about presenting a simple dictionary type of definition, such as:

Portrait -- noun. a picture (as a painting or photograph) of a person, usually showing the face.

Then I realized that such a definition was too limiting for several reasons:

1. Some great portraits do not show a person's face, but could focus on another part or aspect of a person,

such as their hands, or posture, or movement, or work, or place, or relationship with another person, etc.

2. Some portraits are not pictures of a person, but could be pictures of animals, plants, landscapes,

or the general category of objects or things, etc.

3. Some portraits are not even pictures, they can be words: poems, essays, lists, even numbers...

4. Portrait numbers could be called "data" = factual information (as measurements or statistics) to 'identify' and/or 'represent' a person:

-- date of birth (DOB)

-- age (years)

-- Social Security Number (SSN)

-- medical data

-- income and spending tracking data

-- internet "surfing/usage" tracking data ("profiles")

-- your mobile digital GPS locations: tracking data

.... to be continued... but here is one portrait to begin with...



1. "Yes, a modern (San Francisco type Dude) portrait of a famous literary person..." ;->


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2. Self-Portrait Painting by Albrecht Durer, a Renaissance Young Man


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3. Cirque Du Soleil Acrobat Clown


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4. "This Week's Lecture is about..."


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...the Robot ("Actroid") you are looking at, at a news conference in Japan...



5. "Sleeping Gypsy"... A painting by Henri Rousseau


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6. Sharbat Gula: Mother of 3 Daughters (one died) in the War in Afghanistan

Photograph by Steve McCurry for National Geographic Magazine


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7. Hibiscus and Sparrow by Hokusai


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8. "Heavenly Tenants" ... Illustration by Ilonka Karasz


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9. NGC 6872 and IC 4970


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10. Portrait of the number Pi


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Pi's first few hundred digits contain lots of double consecutive digits (marked yellow), and a few triple consecutive digits (marked green). The presence of six consecutive digits (marked red), dubbed the "Feynman point", in such a small sample is an intriguing anomaly.



11. Portrait of 5 Cubes by Dale Seymour


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12. Nautilus Shell Photograph by Antonio Conceicao


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13. Great Wave of Kanagawa by Hokusai


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14. Tattoo Tiger


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Tyger Tyger, burning bright,

In the forests of the night;

What immortal hand or eye,

Could frame thy fearful symmetry?








15. Portrait of Mia Painting by Anonymous


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16. Pink Flower Photograph by Allen

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17. Spring Fan Photograph by Allen


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18. Swan Lake Photograph by Allen


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to be continued...