Portrait A work of art that represents an individual. This can be illustrated by showing the subject’s physical likeness, social standing, interests, hobbies, career or some combination of these.
Sitter The subject of the portrait. Usually, a portrait is based on a series of sittings in which the model (sitter) poses for the artist.
Patron The person who commissions and pays for the portrait. This may be the sitter or another person.
Attribute A quality or characteristic inherent or ascribed to someone. (http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/attribute)
Self-Portrait A work of art in which the artist represents him/herself.
portrait Occasionally, portraits represent their sitters as mythological or religious figures, or as physical embodiments of an idea or virtue (,e.g.,Sir Thomas Lawerence’s portrait of Louisa, the Countess of Sandwich as Hope) Such portraits distinguished the sitter by attributing to him/her the ideal qualities inherent in those figures or ideas.