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11 Unattainably Handsome Men in World-Famous Paintings

Sergey Malyutin, 'Portrait of Dmitry Furmanov', 1922
Sergey Malyutin, 'Portrait of Dmitry Furmanov', 1922 | © WikiCommons
India Irving
Social Media Editor
9 February 2018

Have you ever developed a crush on someone based solely on their photo? Well, portraits were the photographs of yesteryear and let me tell you, there are some seriously hot guys in some of them. Don’t worry, we’ve done the research for you, so just sit back, relax and enjoy these 11 unattainably gorgeous fellas from some of the art world’s finest paintings.

The Desperate Man by Gustave Courbet

Gustave Courbet, ‘The Desperate Man’, 1843–1845 | © WikiCommons

This self-portrait by Courbet not only shows off some exquisite features but also a whole lot of emotion. Is there anything hotter than someone not afraid to show their passionate side publicly? As one of Courbet’s early works, the style of this piece is ultra-romantic. Those eyes are really speaking volumes!

Portrait of Dmitry Furmanov by Sergey Malyutin

Sergey Malyutin, ‘Portrait of Dmitry Furmanov’, 1922 | © WikiCommons

This portrait of Russian officer and writer Dmitry Furmanov is everything. From the perfect texture of his hair to his glass-cutting cheekbones and, of course, the way he’s managing to smile with his eyes, we are in love.

Self-Portrait by Robert Colquhoun

This self-portrait by the Scottish artist is exceptionally easy on the eyes, is it not?

Dr Pozzi at Home by John Singer Sargent

Sargent’s evocative portrayal of the legendary Dr Pozzi flaunting his red robe has to be one of the most iconic male portraits of the 19th century. That hair is killer, and those are probably the nicest hands we’ve ever seen on a man.

Portrait of Armand Carrel by Ary Scheffer

Arry Scheffer, ‘Portrait of Armand Carrel’, 1800–1836 | © WikiCommons

Even if we completely ignore his undeniably handsome face and super-full head of hair, the waistline on this man is everything. Armand Carrel is definitely cut under that coat, and we are so into it.

Young Man With a Flower Behind His Ear by Paul Gauguin

Paul Gauguin, ‘Young Man With a Flower Behind His Ear’, 1891 | © Art Gallery Ergs Art/Flickr

We all know that real men wear pink and this beautiful creature painted by Gauguin is certainly no exception. Ahh, what we would give to be on the other side of that sultry gaze.

Self-Portrait by Orest Kiprensky

Orest Kiprensky, ‘Self-Portrait’, 1820 | © WikiArt

Another self-portrait, this painting of the artist Orest Kiprenksy is really all about the lips. Though let’s be real, the eyebrows and hands are pretty phenomenal also.

Portrait of Paul Victor Grandhomme by Raphaël Collin

Raphaël Collin, ‘Portrait of Paul Victor Grandhomme’, c. 1890 | © WikiCommons

If you’re into the broody ones, look no further than this luscious drawing of Paul Victor Grandhomme by Raphaël Collin.

Portrait of a Young Man With Spectacles by Josef Abel

Josef Abel, ‘Portrait of a Young Man With Spectacles’, c. 1815 | © WikiCommons

For those who are into the nerdy look, you really can’t beat Franz Schubert in his glasses painted by Josef Abel. That dimple chin is a thing of beauty too and when you add to that that he’s a composer, this painting is basically the dream.

Napoleon Crossing the Alps by Jacques-Louis David

Jacques-Louis David, ‘Napoleon Crossing the Alps’, 1801 | © WikiCommons

Though we all know Napoleon was not known for his great looks, he is absolutely fiery in this image by French painter Jacques-Louis David.

Portrait of Sir Walter Raleigh by Nicholas Hilliard

Nicholas Hilliard, ‘Portrait of Sir Walter Raleigh’, c. 1585 | © WikiCommons

This delicious portrait of the British explorer and poet is definitely a contender for hottest man in a painting. Just look at those piercing eyes! We’d sail to the New World with him any day.

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