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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 undoubted master of the conversation piece in the middle decades of the 18th century was Devis, who enjoyed great provincial success with his stiff and stilted depictions of family groups from the local gentry and aspirant merchant class, whether posed awkwardly at home taking tea or positioned in their newly laid out country parks.
Conversation Pieces, sponsored by DLA Piper, is at the Albert Dock gallery from July 15 to August 19, 2012.
IN CONVERSATION PIECES Kester argues that consultative and "dialogic" art necessitates a shift in our understanding of what art is--away from the visual and sensory (which are individual experiences) and toward "discursive exchange and negotiation.
Conversation pieces include the cowhide chair (above), EUR398 - perfect for a living area, bedroom or as a centrepiece for a hallway.
So here's two cracking conversation pieces to keep you going until lunchtime.
One might consider them easily formed conversation pieces.
What is in no way apparent is the fact that Zanicchi, as a young singer, vocalized on a song featured in Conversation Piece.