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A Definitive Ranking of the 33 Hottest Men In Historical Paintings

The thirst intensifies.

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33. Ludwig Beethoven

Joseph Karl Stieler

How can you resist that sexy glare? It's obvious Beethoven wasn't only renowned for his music but his KILLER good looks were also important. Who wouldn't want to run their hands through his luscious locks as he played the piano?

32. Sir Isaac Newton

Sir Godfrey Kneller

If Newton's Laws of Motion didn't attract you to him, then his delicious nose might. It's basically his most striking feature. He's totally doable, just saying. Who KNOWS what would happen in the bedroom if he gave you a sneak preview of his profile.

31. Alexander Hamilton

John Trumbull

*Sigh* He's a total dreamboat. It's a blessing for us all that he's featured on the $10 bill. We get so many opportunities to stare at his beautiful visage literally every day. His nose definitely puts Newton's to shame.

30. Claude Monet

Claude Monet

That luscious beard, though! It's safe to say that Monet was probably the main inspiration for the latest lumbersexual craze. Paint me like one of your French girls, please.


29. Captain George K. H. Coussmaker

Sir Joshua Reynolds

This captain holds the first-class ticket to our hearts. You should be jealous of his horse, though — he's definitely getting more action than you.

28. Anne-Louis Girodet

Anne-Louis Girodet

Look at Mr. Candescent over here. His obvious smugness shouldn't come off as a surprise — he was a part of the Romantic movement, after all. He knows his shit when it comes to wooing someone off their feet.

27. Jacques-Louis David

Jacques-Louis David

Don't be concerned with his super-serious visage. He is also aptly known as Mr. Aphrodisiac. Honestly all he needs is an easel and some paint to make any night exciting.

26. Jacques Joseph Tissot

Jacques Joseph Tissot

Ugh, he's seriously too handsome for his own good. Even he's ashamed of his gorgeous looks and impressive masculine 'stashe because he knows that it drives us all mad.


24. Sir James Brooke

Sir Francis Grant

Sir James Brooke aka Sir Humpsalot is also a part-time model. As you can see in the photo above, he's showing off his package whilst modeling an expert pair of pants. GET IT.

23. Anselm Feuerbach

Anselm Feuerbach

I bet everyone and their grandmother lined up for chance to do the nasty with this fit chap back in the day. What's not to love about him? Can I help you twirl that 'stache of yours, or...?

22. Philip de László

Philip de László

László is pretty much a smooth operator. It's hard to figure out exactly why he's so perfect: the thick flowing mustache, his piercing eyes, or that sexy-ass hat.


21. This Devilishly Sexy Young Man

Wilhelm Bendz

Only problem with this anonymous chap is that he has way too many layers on. Though this could also be a good thing. Imagine all the fun you could have taking off each article of clothing? Starting with the ascot tie... slowly... slowly... yes. Good.

18. Count Viktor Pavlovich Kochubey

François Gérard

Count Silver Fox over here needs to calm the hell down. Does he realize what his sexiness is doing to everyone or that people's thirsts are intensifying with each waking minute? Get it under control, Count.


13. Armand Carrel

Ary Scheffer

Yummy, Armand the Irresistible. OK, sure. You can stick your hands in my pockets anytime. Too forward? Who cares. We're at this point in the countdown anyway, it's too late to turn back.

12. Raphael


I wonder what was going through Raphael's head while he was painting himself? "Hmm, yes... What a great chin... Perfect nose... Intense eyes... I'm basically the best model I've ever worked with."

11. William Shackleton

William Shackleton

It's true that William Shackleton nicknamed his breathtaking mustache Mr. Stimulatory. One touch of the magical creature could make dreams come true. Even he couldn't handle its power.

10. Alexander F. Michaud de Beauretour

George Dawe

A man's man. Quality butt chin, totally buff, and he has a perfect amount of hair. Everyone wants to squeeze his adorable cheeks so badly. But what cheeks, though? I'll leave that up to your imagination.


9. Caspar David Friedrich

Franz Gerhard von Kügelgen

This is by far the most impressive facial hair I have ever seen. I just want to get lost in it for days, weeks — hell, maybe even years. His face is just so intense, and the energy emitting from this painting is guaranteed to pull ANYONE in. He totally has Capaldi-esque eyes BTW.

8. Émile Friant

Émile Friant

This Frenchman is taunting us all with his sexy aura. Seriously, he's just casually being too attractive in his little quaint studio apartment. There's probably French café music playing in the distance, and a nice warm baguette waiting to be eaten slightly out of frame.

7. Gustave Courbet

Gustave Courbet

Ahh, and a defining moment in art history, here is Gustave finally coming to the stark realization of how damn suave he is. "I didn't actually notice how ridiculously good-looking I am! SHIT!"

6. Lord Byron

Richard Westall

Pretty sure he's staring off into the distance because he's thinking about something super romantic to say. Or he's just scooping out da bodacious booty. Both are great tbh.


2. Eugène Delacroix

Eugène Delacroix

Observe Delacroix, the master of the smolder. Panties were probably flying all over the place whenever he walked into a bar. How could he live knowing what his enchanting face was doing to people?

1. Paul Mounet

Louis-Maurice Boutet de Monvel

Where to begin? I... Uh... Yeah, we're basically speechless. By Paul's face alone, he is probably so over being one of the most captivating men in art history. "Cheers for the prestigious honor, but this isn't my first rodeo. Now if you'll excuse me, there are a bunch of ladies waiting outside and it's going to be a long night."