The Art of Masking

By IRENE LACHER Weekendr Editor
Published on Sep 27, 2020

Staying safe has never been so, well, great-looking. For that, you can thank The Huntington Store, which has amassed one of the largest, loveliest collections of face masks anywhere.

Many of the two-ply, cotton-blend masks are inspired by great artworks at the museum in San Marino and elsewhere. Take the Pinkie face covering ($12.95), emblazoned with a reproduction of the rosebud mouth in Thomas Lawrence’s 1794 portrait Sarah Goodin Barrett Moulton: “Pinkie” in The Huntington’s collection.



Other masks draw from strikingly different historical holdings at The Huntington, like the world map face covering ($12.95), imprinted with a 1641 world map by Dutch cartographer Henricus Hondius from the Novus Atlas.





Or the Illumination face covering ($12.95) featuring a comely detail of flora and fauna from a French early-16th-century manuscript, Book of Hours.


A stylish landscape adorns the Monet Water Lilies face covering ($12.95), with a detail from the French Impressionist’s ever-popular painting series.





More modern-minded shoppers might want to slip on the colorful Kandinsky Circles face covering ($12.95) and sport a detail from a Kandinsky oil painting at the University of Rochester.





The Huntington also has some terrific cloth masks for kids, like this charming Planets kids face covering ($11.95).

Support The Huntington during the pandemic lockdown by shopping online or in-store (no reservation is required, but capacity is limited, so there may be a wait). You can stick with no-contact shopping by using shipping or curbside pickup. Safety measures for in-person shopping and curbside pickup are detailed here.

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