When you print something that way, what you get is a mirror image of the original picture.
The exact same image, except that left and right are reversed,
and Van Gogh was so dissatisfied with the print that he wrote to his brother, quote “the figures, I’m sorry to say, are now turned the wrong way.” end quote.
Anyway, why do you think so many painters in the past chose to depict the left side of their subjects’ face? Nancy.
Could it have to do with whether the artists were left-handed or right-handed, like
maybe most of them were right-handed, and maybe for some reason they feel more comfortable painting the left side?
OK.Many right-handed artists do find it easier to paint left profiles, and many art historians think that’s the reason for the directional bias.
But if that hypothesis, let’s call it the right-handed hypothesis, was correct,
you’d expect that left-handed artists would find it easier to paint right profiles.
But the research suggests that left-handed artists find it just as easy to paint left profiles as right.
So any other ideas? Well, another theory is what’s known as the parental imprinting hypothesis,
which proposes that people are more used to seeing left profiles because supposedly right-handed parents are more likely to hold their babies in their left arm.