Thursday, May 28, 2020

Beards of Mythical Proportions

From ArtNet:
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. (Read more.)


1 comment:

julygirl said...

As a woman I do not mind beards which in some cases even enhance the man's face. What I do detest is the scruffy need a shave look that has become the style. Recently, I was watching a Turner Classic film and wondered why the men appeared to be so much more handsome when I realized they were all clean shaven.