See also: pictură




Latin, a painting.


pictura ‎(plural picturae)

  1. The picture or image component of something such as an emblem or poem that contains a combination of imagery and text or symbols.
    • 2004, Steven Paul Scher, ‎Walter Bernhart, ‎& Werner Wolf, Essays on Literature and Music (1967-2004), ISBN 904201752X, page 57-58:
      It is customary to distinguish three components in an emblem: the pictura or symbolic image or picture, accompanied by the preceding inscriptio or motto and the subsequent subscriptio, usually an explication in verse of the idea expressed in combination of the inscriptio and the pictura.
    • 2010, Simon McKeown, The International Emblem: From Incunabula to the Internet, ISBN 1443820067, page 183:
      Clearly, the relationship between pictura and motto became more literal in this emblem.
    • 2014, Durant Waite Robertson, Essays in Medieval Culture, ISBN 1400856647, page 64:
      A poem may contain things which are significant in spite of the fact that the events it describes are a mere pictura of something which never happened.
  2. (zoology) A pattern of coloration.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.



pictura ‎(plural picturas)

  1. picture
  2. painting



From pictum +‎ -tūra, from the supine of pingō ‎(I paint).



pictūra f ‎(genitive pictūrae); first declension

  1. painting, the art of painting


First declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative pictūra pictūrae
genitive pictūrae pictūrārum
dative pictūrae pictūrīs
accusative pictūram pictūrās
ablative pictūrā pictūrīs
vocative pictūra pictūrae

Related termsEdit



  • pictura in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • pictura in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • PICTURA in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • pictura” in Félix Gaffiot (1934), Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Paris: Hachette.
  • Meissner, Carl; Auden, Henry William (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • the art of painting: ars pingendi, pictura (De Or. 2. 16. 69)
  • pictura in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • pictura in Ramminger, Johann (accessed 16 July 2016) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700[2], pre-publication website, 2005-2016
  • pictura in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin