In painting a Portrait is an artistic representation of a person. The painter is aimed to represent the face and its expression, the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the person. Earliest painters used landscapes as background of portraits.
Albrecht Dürer's made many self-portraits; the most celebrated is the one painted when he was 29 and was renowned throughout Europe.
Diego Rivera, the Mexican best known artist, ca. 1936 did the famous portraits of Lupe Marín and of Ruth Rivera. A Rivera's mural for Rockefeller Center Man at the Crossroads, was destroyed by order of his sponsor because of the inclusion of a portrait of Lenin.
A portrait of Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra, 1600, is attributed to Juan de Jauregui y Aguilar.
Some other famous portrait painters are: Jan Van Eyck, Raphael, Francisco de Zurbarán, El Greco, Anthony van Dyck, Frans Hals, Diego Velazquez, Rembrandt, Carlino Dolci, Thomas Gainsborough, Anton Raphael Mengs, Jacques-Louis David, Francisco de Goya, Gilbert Stuart, Jean Ingres, Sir Francis Grant, Ivan Kramskoy, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Gustav Klimt, José María Velasco, and Jose Clemente Orozco.
- Dürer, Albrecht: Portraits
- National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution
- National Portrait Gallery of London
- Famous portraits
- The Top 10 Best Portrait Painters.
- The Royal Society of Portrait Painters.
Mrs. Dreyfus by Diego Rivera.