Portrait vs. Landscape

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Portrait and Landscape is that the Portrait is a artistic representation of one or more persons and Landscape is a visible features of an area of land.

  • Portrait

    A portrait is a painting, photograph, sculpture, or other artistic representation of a person, in which the face and its expression is predominant. The intent is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the person. For this reason, in photography a portrait is generally not a snapshot, but a composed image of a person in a still position. A portrait often shows a person looking directly at the painter or photographer, in order to most successfully engage the subject with the viewer.

  • Landscape

    A landscape is the visible features of an area of land, its landforms and how they integrate with natural or man-made features.

    A landscape includes the physical elements of geophysically defined landforms such as (ice-capped) mountains, hills, water bodies such as rivers, lakes, ponds and the sea, living elements of land cover including indigenous vegetation, human elements including different forms of land use, buildings and structures, and transitory elements such as lighting and weather conditions.

    Combining both their physical origins and the cultural overlay of human presence, often created over millennia, landscapes reflect a living synthesis of people and place that is vital to local and national identity. The character of a landscape helps define the self-image of the people who inhabit it and a sense of place that differentiates one region from other regions. It is the dynamic backdrop to people’s lives. Landscape can be as varied as farmland, a landscape park, or wilderness.

    The Earth has a vast range of landscapes, including the icy landscapes of polar regions, mountainous landscapes, vast arid desert landscapes, islands and coastal landscapes, densely forested or wooded landscapes including past boreal forests and tropical rainforests, and agricultural landscapes of temperate and tropical regions.

    The activity of modifying the visible features of an area of land is referred to as landscaping.

  • Portrait (noun)

    A painting or other picture of a person, especially the head and shoulders.

  • Portrait (noun)

    An accurate depiction of a person, a mood, etc.

    “The author painted a good portrait of urban life in New York in his latest book.”

  • Portrait (noun)

    A print orientation where the vertical sides are longer than the horizontal sides.

  • Portrait (verb)

    To portray; to draw.

  • Portrait (adjective)

    Representing the actual features of an individual; not ideal.

    “a portrait bust; a portrait statue”

  • Landscape (noun)

    A portion of land or territory which the eye can comprehend in a single view, including all the objects it contains.

  • Landscape (noun)

    A picture representing a scene by land or sea, actual or fancied, the chief subject being the general aspect of nature, as fields, hills, forests, water. etc.

  • Landscape (noun)

    The pictorial aspect of a country.

  • Landscape (noun)

    a mode of printing where the horizontal sides are longer than the vertical sides

  • Landscape (noun)

    A space, indoor or outdoor and natural or man-made (as in “designed landscape”)

  • Landscape (noun)

    a situation that is presented, a scenario

    “The software patent landscape has changed considerably in the last years”

  • Landscape (verb)

    Create or maintain a landscape.

  • Landscape (noun)

    all the visible features of an area of land, often considered in terms of their aesthetic appeal

    “the soft colours of the Northumbrian landscape”

    “a bleak urban landscape”

  • Landscape (noun)

    a picture representing an area of countryside

    “the collection includes some 17th-century landscapes”

    “a landscape painter”

  • Landscape (noun)

    the genre of landscape painting

    “he found he could not express himself in landscape”

  • Landscape (noun)

    the distinctive features of a sphere of activity

    “the event transformed the political landscape”

  • Landscape (noun)

    denoting a format of printed matter which is wider than it is high

    “landscape format”

  • Landscape (verb)

    make (a garden or other area of ground) more attractive by altering the existing design, adding ornamental features, and planting trees and shrubs

    “the site has been tastefully landscaped”

Oxford Dictionary

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