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Men—shown in a range of identities and aesthetics—feature in a selection of portraits from art across centuries on the @guccibeauty Instagram account. 
The subjects are captured through the artist’s perspective as well as the sitter’s in a selection of paintings from different eras, places and cultures, present in galleries around the world including the Museum of Modern Art, the Auckland Art Gallery, and the Louvre, as well as private collections.

Brushstrokes, poses and colour reveal a deeper story about the characters and charm of each man.

A Kabuki actor masquerades as a samurai, a formal image of composer Franz Schubert is cast as a brooding young man, and a portrait of Tamati Waka Nene, a Maori chief who fought as a British ally, is made even more distinct by his traditional tā moko facial tattoos. A crystalline image of the 16th-century Emperor Muhammad Akbar is meticulously poised, while British painter William Rothenstein self-portrait is incisive and pensive.

Vincent van Gogh chose to depict the blue-collar workers around him with his portraits of the Roulin family from 1888. The postman Joseph Roulin is at once stiff and serious, gazing on respectably, while also exploding into a riot of Post-Impressionist color and pattern. His beard is like a series of cascading fireworks. The younger Armand Roulin, meanwhile, is slightly disheveled, his shocking yellow coat rakishly unbuttoned.

The act of depiction can also be an act of rebellion. By representing different bodies and fashions, the artists here break down our standard definitions of beauty and gender. There’s always something left to be revealed, just like the expression of Antonello da Messina’s portrait of a young man from 1470. His twist of a smile precedes the Mona Lisa’s, but it’s just as luminous and charming. We feel we know him, even half a millennium later. —Kyle Chayka
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Masculinity from different eras, places and cultures is explored in a series of artworks on @guccibeauty.Men in Art Portraiture
 

Masculinity from different eras, places and cultures is explored in a series of artworks on @guccibeauty.Men in Art Portraiture
  • Title: Bindo Altoviti, c.1515
    Author: Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio of Urbino)
    Museum: National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, USA
    Photo © Bridgeman Images
Masculinity from different eras, places and cultures is explored in a series of artworks on @guccibeauty.Men in Art Portraiture
  • Title: Portrait of the Postman Joseph Roulin, 1889
    Author: Vincent van Gogh
    Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
    Photo © Bridgeman Images
Masculinity from different eras, places and cultures is explored in a series of artworks on @guccibeauty.Men in Art Portraiture
  • Portrait of Sir Walter Raleigh (1554-1618), 1588
    English School
    Private Collection
    Photo © Bridgeman Images
Masculinity from different eras, places and cultures is explored in a series of artworks on @guccibeauty.Men in Art Portraiture
  • Portrait of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo, 1733
    Author: William Hoare of Bath
    National Portrait Gallery, London
    Property of Qatar Museums Authority
    Photo © Christie's Images / Bridgeman Images
Masculinity from different eras, places and cultures is explored in a series of artworks on @guccibeauty.Men in Art Portraiture
  • Emperor Muhammad Akbar (1542- 1605)
    Indian School
    Private Collection
    Photo © Bridgeman Images
Masculinity from different eras, places and cultures is explored in a series of artworks on @guccibeauty.Men in Art Portraiture
  • Title: Boy in a Ladyfinger Shirt, 2018
    Author: Amoako Boafo
    Private Collection
    Courtesy of the artist and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles @Robertsprojects @Amoakoboafo
    Photography: Robert Wedemeyer
Masculinity from different eras, places and cultures is explored in a series of artworks on @guccibeauty.Men in Art Portraiture
  • Portrait of a young man, 1530
    Author: Bronzino (Agnolo di Cosimo di Mariano)
    Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
    H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
Masculinity from different eras, places and cultures is explored in a series of artworks on @guccibeauty.Men in Art Portraiture
  • Actor Matsumoto Kōshirō VII as Sukeroku, 1920
    Author: Yamamura Koka (Toyonari)
    Minneapolis Institute of Arts, MN, USA
    Photo © Minneapolis Institute of Arts / Gift of Ellen and Fred Wells / Bridgeman Images
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