I remember playing Baldur's Gate for the first time and being struck by awe at how gorgeous and high quality the portraits were.
I literally haven't seen till that day something similar in quality/execution.
Baldur's Gate 2 I remember telling to mysels: "Ok... What Happened?"
PoE portraits are not BG quality, that's for sure but better than BG2.
Maybe its time to derail this thread into a compendium of portraits similar in BG quality for future use