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

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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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