Saturday, March 31, 2018

Friedrich von Amerling's Beards

Friedrich von Amerling (1803-1877) was an Austrian artist who painted his way into the nobility; Emperor Franz Josef loved his work so much that he gave him that "von" in 1868. He did many wonderful works, mainly portraits. Today I want to focus on his amazing depictions of beards. As you will see, Amerling had a passion for masculine hair. I know I tend to feature portraits of women, because I find them more attractive, so here's a post for readers who prefer men. This is one of at least half a dozen of his works known (at least to the Internet) only as "portrait of a bearded man."

Same title.

Same title, although actually this one might as well be called "a beard with a man."

Portrait of the Banker Ignaz Biedermann.

A Monk with a Beard

A Turk with a Beard

Another Turk with a Beard

And yet another Turk with a Beard. If you think these men look rather western, remember that in Austria "Turk" basically meant Muslim, so these men might have been Bosnians or other Europeans.

A Young Venetian Man with a Beard, one of the characters Cicero called "barbatuli."

And a Self Portrait of 1880.

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