Boys' Hair Styles: Italy during the 15th Century

Figure 1.--This painting shows a hair style in Renisance Italy sometime before 1500. The boy is Teodoro and is a detail from "Francesco Sassetti and His Son Teodoro," a portrait by Domenico Ghirlandaio (1449-1494). This print was originally a tempera on wood. It was painted in 1472. Ghirlandaio was one of the busiest painters. He was primarily known as a decorator of walls. His best-known murals ornament the choir of Santa Maria Novella in Florence.

Italian paintings from the 15th century show boys wearing long hair. I'm not sure, however if this was a boys' style or simply the general style for men and boys at the time. HBC's principal art consultant reports that both boys and young men were painted with this this long hair style. While this painting was Italian, HBC believes that the style was not limited to Italy. HBC can not at this time, however, assess just how common this style was in the rest of Western Europe. HBC notes, however, that at the time Italian fashions were very influential.

Christopher Wagner

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