Note that all of the portraits depict physiognomies with hooked noses. Rather disturbing.
True, but maybe the artist himself had a hooked nose. (See artscholar.org to see what I mean.)--Phil
From what I understand about that Baal Shem Tov portrait, it's actually of a fifteenth century Spanish rabbi, and he didn't have a hooked nose.
You mean this Baal Shem Tov portrait?It's a painting of the Baal Shem of London.