Working on Your Quarantine #BeardGoals? Here’s Some Masterful Facial Hair From Art History to Inspire You
From Ingres's Jupiter to Michelangelo's Moses, these beards are of truly mythical proportions!
Something strange is afoot—or rather, a-face.
You man have gotten a glimpse of one via Zoom. Maybe you are living with one. Or maybe you yourself are cultivating one. We speak, of course, of a “quarantine beard.” Unable to visit the barber shop, and unable—or not disposed—to shave their face, the nation’s gents have taken a turn for the hirsute.
The trend is anything but fringe. Speaking to Wired earlier this month, Christopher Oldstone-Moore, author of Of Beard and Men: The Revealing History of Facial Hair said one impetus could be psychological. “It can be a sort of declaration of fortitude and heartiness,” he told the magazine. “It’s a way of saying, ‘I’m tough. I can withstand adversity.’”
Whatever the reason, we’ve taken inspiration from the some beard-spiration from art history, from Hatchepsut’s false facial hair to the flowing tresses of Michelangelo’s Moses.
Large Kneeling Statue of Hatshepsut (ca. 1479–1458 B.C.)
Dagobert Cutting His Tutor’s Beard (1332-1350)
Lucas Cranach the Elder, Lukas Spielhausen (1532)
Angelo Bronzino, Bartolomeo Panciatichi (ca. 1540)
A Chinese Seated Figure with Grey Beard and Black Hat (n.d.)
Anthony van Dyck, Study Head of an Old Man with a White Beard (ca. 1617-1620)
Chotu, Maharaja Sardar Singh of Bikaner (ca. 1860–70)
El Greco, A Gentleman with his Hand on his Chest (ca. 1610)
Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, Jupiter and Thetis (1811)
Edouard Manet, A Matador (1866-67)
Toyohara Kunichika, Ichikawa Danjuro as Kato Kiyomasa (1895)
Vincent van Gogh, Portrait of Joseph Roulin, Arles (1889)
Michelangelo’s Moses (1505-1545)
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