Mourning Portrait

  • Funerary Customs & Traditions
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

Also known as ''Deathbed Portraits'', were a type of painting that was commissioned by The Family of a deceased. It was often sketched from ''life'' and later painted. These portraits were designed to be kept in the Family Home as a keepsake. Later, with the invention of photography (cameras), such styles of ''remembrance'' would be replaced with the Funerary style known as ''Memento Mori Pictures''. Oddly, many Families (in time), did not keep The Mourning Portraits with many being lost to time. Some of the earliest surviving examples are from the 16th Century. Mourning Portraits are often confused with ''Coffin Portraits''.