Medieval Beards
One Thousand Beards

The following links demonstrate the variety of styles of beards worn by men in the Middle Ages, showing bearded men ranging in social degree from peasants to princes. In order to keep this linkspage somewhat focused, I am omitting most examples relating to biblical or mythological figures, saints, grotesques, wildmen, and historical figures dating to a period far earlier than the artist’s. (Bearded men of the 16th century are on a separate linkspage.)

Men on pilgrimage are often bearded.

For additional medieval images of Jews (often depicted with beards), see Beyond the Pale: The Middle Ages.


Click here to continue to the 16th century beards!