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see portraitureportraiture,
the art of representing the physical or psychological likeness of a real or imaginary individual. The principal portrait media are painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography. From earliest times the portrait has been considered a means to immortality.
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conversation piece

1. (esp in 18th-century Britain) a group portrait in a landscape or domestic setting
2. a play emphasizing dialogue
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The free exhibition, Conversation Pieces, opens on July 15 and runs until August next year.
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One might consider them easily formed conversation pieces.
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The movie is loaded with conversation pieces, and that's a big part of its success,'' says Paul Dergarabedian, president of the box-office tracking firm Exhibitor Relations Co.
The designs are meant to be conversation pieces whether people purchase one piece or an entire line," states Rees.
Made with fruits or vegetables, these striking table centerpieces are destined to be conversation pieces at your next summer party.