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 earlier this month, Christopher Oldstone-Moore, author of 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
Large Kneeling Statue of Hatshepsut (ca. 1479–1458 B.C.)
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, (ca. 1610)
Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, Jupiter and Thetis (1811)
Edouard Manet, A Matador (1866-67)
Toyohara Kunichika, (1895)
Vincent van Gogh, Portrait of Joseph Roulin, Arles (1889)
Michelangelo’s Moses (1505-1545)