Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Faces Past









Somewhere in Italy there is a database with 666 pages of portrait engravings with about 20 images per page. I will have to add the link later...if I can find it. If it's where I think it is, the server is down at present.

I want to marry the young woman and grow a beard like the righteous dude below her.

UPDATE (January 2009!): The archive is located here.

9 comments:

Karla said...

The young woman is indeed attractive but don't you think that such mustachios would require considerable maintenance? (And what if the young woman objected to the facial hair? she looks as though she might prefer a mate with a less opulent facial coiffeur. I envision her going for something more like Shakespeare's, very neat and pared down.)

Amanda said...

I know it's ages after the fact, but if you find that link, I'd love to see it.

peacay said...

Well, me too! I can only suggest that it's amongst this lot but that guess would only be about 85-95% for sure (meaning: I'm pretty sure but wouldn't stake a life on it). So anything in there before May '07.

peacay said...

Actually, that would be before August 2006.

Amanda said...

I don't know if I can or will find it, but I just found enough other stuff to keep me busy for a month. Thank you so much! I am off to make art! With airships! And fantastic beards!

peacay said...

If you happen to still be watching Amanda, I just found the archive here ! I'll add it in the entry too.

Movieaholic said...

Lack of facial hair and bodily hair has only been considered desirable and attractive only in the States during the 20th century and 19th.

jooneek said...

Interesting post! Every hairdos and headcovers might symbolized something, their social status maybe... Are there any research you might know on this?

peacay said...

joneek, I assume you're on the right track. What we wear, the types and quality and colour and patterns of our garments are the primary indicators of our stations in life, seems to me. Although I haven't read anything in particular, I'd also assume this sort of thing was much more peculiar, obvious and important in times gone by and head-wear was doubtless the most usual means of displaying one's status. I also suppose there is a cross-over with things like family coats of arms, military traditions, regional culture, art and trade motifs and many more no doubt. I wonder if you dig very deep you'll find that there is no purity; that all dimensions of life have symbolic references and echoes and manifestations across all others (he says, up late, waxing lyrical, way past his bedtime).

All of this is pure conjecture. I am a mile wide and an inch deep.

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