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Portraiture boasts a rich history mirroring the evolution of societies and artistic movements. Early examples from ancient Egypt aimed to preserve the likeness of deceased pharaohs. Roman portraiture emphasized realism and stoicism, reflecting civic virtue.

The Renaissance saw a shift towards capturing not just physical likeness but also personality and inner life, as with Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. Baroque portraits often served as propaganda, showcasing power and wealth. Romanticism focused on individual emotions and psychological depth.

Photography's invention in the 19th century democratized portraiture, while modern movements like Impressionism and Expressionism challenged traditional representation. Today, portraiture continues to be a vital art form, reflecting diverse identities and exploring the complexities of human experience. Its influence extends beyond art, shaping our understanding of history, culture, and individual lives.

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