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portrait historié


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(French, ‘historicised portrait’)

A term coined in France in the late 18th century to describe portraits featuring the depiction of known individuals in the guise of biblical, mythological, or literary personages. In effect a synthesis of history painting and portraiture, the type originated in the Netherlands in the later 16th century; it then blossomed in the Dutch Republic and the south Netherlands after about 1630.


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