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Why Did People In Old Portraits Stick One Hand In Their Jackets?

If you've ever seen an old painting, or even an old photograph, of an important person, you probably noticed that the subject put one hand inside a jacket opening or pocket—one portrait painter did this so much that some began to question whether he was even capable of painting a hand. Why did they do this? It turns out to date way, way back to antiquity. Hear the story in the video below.

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Written By Curiosity Staff March 24, 2017