picture of

the picture of (something)

The ideal example of something (which is listed after "of"). Yes, Jill was in the hospital a few months ago, but she's the picture of health now. We went running together just the other day.
See also: of, picture

(very) picture of something

Fig. the perfect example of something; an exact image of something. The young newlyweds were the picture of happiness. My doctor told me that I was the very picture of good health.
See also: of, picture

a (or the) picture of —

the embodiment of a specified state or emotion.
1989 Woman's Realm The…little girl looks a picture of health in her blue dungarees and red boots.
See also: of, picture
References in classic literature ?
It is Guido's picture of Perseus rescuing Andromeda from the sea-monster or whale.
In this book is an outline purporting to be a Picture of a Physeter or Spermaceti whale, drawn by scale from one killed on the coast of Mexico, August, and hoisted on deck.
He brought out a picture of two curly-headed Italian urchins playing marbles.
There was a clock on the middle of the mantel- piece, with a picture of a town painted on the bottom half of the glass front, and a round place in the middle of it for the sun, and you could see the pendulum swinging behind it.
It was a picture of a young woman in a long white gown, standing on the rail of a bridge all ready to jump off, with her hair all down her back, and looking up to the moon, with the tears running down her face, and she had two arms folded across her breast, and two arms stretched out in front, and two more reaching up towards the moon -- and the idea was to see which pair would look best, and then scratch out all the other arms; but, as I was saying, she died before she got her mind made up, and now they kept this picture over the head of the bed in her room, and every time her birthday come they hung flowers on it.
It immediately suggested the picture of two people sitting alone over the fire; the man was reading, the woman sewing.
In looking round upon the other pieces, I remarked a pretty sketch of Linden-hope from the top of the hill; another view of the old hall basking in the sunny haze of a quiet summer afternoon; and a simple but striking little picture of a child brooding, with looks of silent but deep and sorrowful regret, over a handful of withered flowers, with glimpses of dark low hills and autumnal fields behind it, and a dull beclouded sky above.
In his hands was a primer opened at a picture of a little ape similar to himself, but covered, except for hands and face, with strange, colored fur, for such he thought the jacket and trousers to be.
Presently he found it beneath a picture of another little ape and a strange animal which went upon four legs like the jackal and resembled him not a little.
Baynes buried his face in his hands and rocked back and forth as the hideous picture of her fate burned itself into his consciousness.
We first look at a color picture of a Thai soldier inspecting his colleague as part of the Changing of the Guard ceremony outside the Royal Palace in Bangkok.
Simpson emerged over the holidays: a set of photos of Simpson that may validate a hotly disputed picture of him wearing the same brand of shoes as a killer, attorneys said Tuesday.
An old friend I hadn't seen for some time, who was one of the first to buy a picture of mine, congratulated me, saying, "Your work hasn't changed since you were 16.
Sun: try to photograph with the sun at your right or left, unless you're taking a picture of a sunrise or sunset.