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The Best Hair Moments In Art History
Did anyone say hair goals?
Arty-Pedia 25 Jun 2019

Do you ever look at the bouffants, perms and waves worn by art history’s leading ladies when you visit a major museum? Do you wonder how many hours it took for these queens, goddesses and princesses to style their hair into the perfect up-do, or who it was that was carefully brushing their royal locks for them before they went to bed each night? Today, we are obsessed with beauty, and hair care is right up there amongst most ladies’ most pressing grooming concerns. And, this is nothing new, for centuries, millennia even, women have been obsessed with making sure their manes are impeccable, so we decided to go through the art historical canon and present you with some of our favourite hair looks from throughout history.
Botticelli’s Venus
Let’s be real. We couldn’t start off any list about hair and history without taking a look at Botticelli’s Birth of Venus. Girl has to be a goddess to step out of the ocean with hair looking that perfect. Wispy waves of strawberry-blonde hair down to her ankles, I mean, she’s the definition of divine. If anyone knows her secret to growing her hair out that long, we’re all ears.
Mrs Van Eyck
If Jan van Eyck is famous for painting the Arnolfini Portrait, then his wife – Margaret – should be famous for her insane hair. Way back in the fifteenth century, women were wearing their hair in “cornets”, these weird looking spikes on the top of their heads that kind of look like horns. Whatever the inspiration of the cornets, they give serious devil-vibes and will definitely be our look for Halloween this year.
Margaret Theresa of Spain
The daughter of Philip IV of Spain, Margaret Theresa was painted by the best of the best, including Velazquez countless times. She went on to marry the Holy Roman Emperor and clearly led a very glam life (jealous). Within paintings, she is always depicted with very long hair, in one painting by an unknown artist it is adorned with dozens of bows, something we can imagine Ariana and RiRi wearing today.
The Pre-Raphaelite Muses
The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was founded in Britain in 1848, with the aim of moving back to an era before Raphael and Michelangelo. Their women were usually depicted with long, flowing, slightly wavy hair, which was often red in colour. They were each painted as great beauties, and always with impeccable locks.
Frida Kahlo
Frida is famous for so many reasons, we would be hear all day if we listed them all. But, in addition to being an absolute queen and icon of feminism, she is also celebrated today for her style and attitude to beauty. Her hair of course has inspired many of us to go out wearing a flower crown, and for that Frida, we thank you.
Andy Warhol
While we don’t know many people who will be rushing to copy Andy Warhol’s hair, it is definitely instantly recognizable. His mop of unkempt, ash-blonde hair is almost as famous as his soup cans.
Jean-Michel Basquiat
Basquiat was the epitome of cool, his bad-boy image accented by his hair. His gravity-defying dreadlocks smashed perceptions of what an artist exhibiting inside institutions should look like, and is still setting trends today, with artists like The Weeknd, having said that his signature look is in part inspired by Basquiat.
Yayoi Kusama
Yayoi Kusama’s trademark red bob has reached iconic status. You’ve got to be a true boss to be able to pull it off, and Kusama knocks it out of the park. Proving that you can be bold at any age, she is peak #girlboss.
Words by Lizzy Vartanian 
Images via Wikipedia

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