DAILY ART FIX: 5 Weird Portraits from Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna

Art world links which caught my eye…

Portrait of Peter Gonsalvus, 1580

The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, Austria holds a collection of art that spans centuries. These items serve as a reminder of how art was the sole means of preserving appearances in the past. Some very unusual individuals had their likenesses captured for the ages.

1. The Hairy Man

Petrus Gonsalvus, “the man of the woods,” was born in 1537 in Tenerife. His life has been well chronicled as he became famous during his lifetime because of his condition called hypertrichosis, an abnormal amount of hair growth over the body. Gonsalvus was a noble man, although he was never considered fully human in the eyes of his contemporaries. He married, had children (of which four out of seven were also afflicted with hypertrichosis), and painted. It is believed that the marriage between Petrus Gonsalvus and lady Catherine inspired the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast.

Read the full article here: DAILY ART MAGAZINE – 5 Weird Portraits from Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna


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