Why Did Napoleon Hide His Hand In Portraits? His Missing Hand Explained

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Have you ever noticed how Napoleon always hides his hand? While theories ran wild — it was speculated he had a deformed hand — the truth may be simpler than you think; apparently, the Ancient Greeks regarded the gesture as a sign of modesty. Though it’s most heavily associated with Napoleon thanks to Jacques-Louis David’s 1812 painting, he’s far from the only historic figure to do it, with Washington and Mozart sporting the pose as well.
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