Friday, April 28, 2006

Left Handed People

As a left handed person I though I might as well blog about being a left hander.

My father and mother are both left handed and my youngest brother is also left handed. I actually could be considered ambidextrous as I play sport with my right hand but I write with my left and hand use complex actions with my left hand.

I read that 10% of the population is left-handed. People who can use both hands equally well are ambidextrous. My mother was forced to write right handed and in the past and currently in some cultures left handed people are discriminated against. especially in the arab countries. In fiji left handed people are thought to be a bit crazy.

As a left handed person it was interesting that in my Computer Science class at University the majority of my friends were left handers and the only australian girl was a left hander. But the history and phycology units I attended I was the only left hander in the class. There also seems to be some evidence that left handed people scored differently in intelligence tests and average age of longevity

Statistics show that older people are less likely to be left-handed than their younger counterparts — the percentages of lefties sharply drop off with increased age. In America, 12% of 20 year olds are left-handed, while only 5% of 50 year olds and less than 1% of people over 80 are. These numbers are surprisingly divergent

You would expect a lot of famous people would be left handers but it is suprising the number of my favourite actors, athletes and politicians are left handed people.
The following list is a revised list of the famous lefts handed people that was found at wiki.

Royalty and nobility
George II of Great Britain, George VI of the United Kingdom, Victoria of the United Kingdom, Prince Charles of Wales and Prince William of Wales

Political and governmental leaders
Barrack Obama, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, John Kerry, H. Ross Perot and Ronald Reagan
Julius Caesar, Hugo Chávez, Mahatma Gandhi, Adolf Hitler and Pol Pot

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, John Dillinger and Osama bin Laden

Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo

J.K. Rowling, Mark Twain and H.G. Wells

Musicians and composers
50 Cent, David Bowie, Charlie Chaplin, Kurt Cobain, Phil Collins, Bob Dylan, Eminem, Jimi Hendrix, Ricky Martin, George Michael, Osmonds, Johnny Rotten, Paul Mcartney and Ringo Starr

Bill Gates, steve jobs and steve wozniak

Woody Allen,Dan Aykroyd, Matthew Broderick, Pierce Brosnan, George Burns, Drew Carey, Robert , Matt Dillon, Laurence Fishburne, Morgan Freeman, Greta Garbo, Jim Henson, Hugh Jackman, Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman, Ray Liotta, Ryan O'Neal, Anthony Perkins, Dennis Quaid, Robert Redford, - Keanu Reeves, Kurt Russell, David Spade, Jodie Sweetin, Chris Tucker, Shannon Tweed, Mark Wahlberg and Oprah Winfrey

Film directors
James Cameron, Spike Lee and Ridley Scott

Baseball Players
Barry Bonds,Wade Boggs, Ty Cobb, Lou Gehrig, Jason Giambi, Jeremy Giambi, Ken Griffey, Jr., Tony Gwynn, Rickey Henderson, Joe Jackson, Reggie Jackson, Babe Ruth, Deion Sanders, Darryl Strawberry, Ted Williams and Dontrelle Willis

Basketball Players
Kenny Anderson, Larry Bird, Emanuel Ginobili, LeBron James, Toni Kukoc, David Robinson, Bill Russell, Bill Walton and Lenny Wilkens

Marvin Hagler, Oscar de la Hoya and Mike Tyson

Football (soccer)
John Barnes, Ryan Giggs, Diego Maradona and Roberto Carlos

American Football
Sebastian Janikowski, Donovan McNabb, Deion Sanders, Gale Sayers, Michael Vick and Steve Young

Rugby Union
Daniel Carter,Jonah Lomu, Percy Montgomery and Jonny Wilkinson

Other sports
Gary Kasparov, Greg Louganis, Mark Spitz and Sir Clive Woodward

Buzz Aldrin, Henry Ford, Alan Greenspan, Matt Groening, Ken Jennings, Helen Keller, John F. Kennedy, Jr., Jay Leno, Shigeru Miyamoto, David Rockefeller, John Romero and Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr.

Disputed left-handed people / Ambidextrous
Alexander the Great, Lord Baden-Powell, Sylvester Stallone, Billy the Kid , Napoleon Bonaparte, Albert Einstein, Joan of Arc , Jack the Ripper and Pablo Picasso


Anonymous Anonymous said...

George, thank you for finding the goldmine of lefthanded famous people. Well, take it as a positive idea because we are in such good company! May we rule and conquer the world!

11:06 am  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

George Bush and Osama are both lefties! What a surprise!
In Fiji I expect that the Indian people consider that left-handedness is not OK. They expect people to eat food with the right hand I think.
Do you use the computer mouse on the left or right side then?

5:41 pm  
Blogger Slyce said...

Uh...Sly Stallone is RIGHT-handed.
Perhaps you overlooked it...

9:23 am  
Blogger mark said...

George; and all who use the "proper hand and mind as I do too! Really!!!"

I have always wondered why I was so emotional about my own artistic passion and then natural scientific process which seemed to be so far above all my right handed friends, that it annoyed them. I was ambidextrous in sport activities and somewhat better at many activities than my friends no less.

As I was looking up info these evening on the co-founder of Apple Computers, Steve Wozniak after seeing Charlie Rose interview him the other night, it occurred to me as I watched him talk about a hundred things at once, that he must be a left hander. God willing and sure enough I am just seeing it in a search engine now. Not only Wozniak, his other half at Apple, Jobs, but yes Bill Gates and I think I will ignoble your list for you other readers beyond the Wikipedia as I too have done much research on this after teaching astronomy in a university as adjunct professor for a term for a full class. Yes I hold no degree and they hired me anyway- Can you guess why? Here’s why: Being left handed of course as with the following list if your other readers and especially the right handed ones haven’t figured out this biology yet- It occurs at 6 weeks in the fetal stage caused by high testosterone present in the mother’s amniotic fluid. This is when the left and right halves of the brain physically split- The testosterone causes extraneous connections to stay between the halves. This if you’ll excuse the pun creates the halves and the have nots of our geniuses in society. Also see the Mensa list. Over 50 percent of the high IQ people are left handed. So sorry to the right hander’s but this is the scientific facts ma’am. Just the facts.

Yes your readers should all look at the Wikipedia site “left handed”. Then go immediately to the chapter on “Genius” for the scoffers. I rest my case! Notice that they do not necessarily mention “left handed in the first page of the genius chapter but it is noteworthy to take heed: The first several people they mention and the first picture you see is that of Einstein. The three greatest musicians who ever lived; Bach, Mozart, Beethoven. . . Got a clue here? That’s right you guessed it! All of the greatest of the greatest of the thinkers, writers, scientists, musicians, artists, poets, creative types who ever lived are left handed people. Doubt this? Look at the following list and just try to deny it:

This is somewhat chronological for the sake of history:

Leonardo di Vinci
Alexander the Great
William the Conqueror
Albrecht Durer
MC Escher
Mark Twain
Benjamin Franklin
Thomas Jefferson
Richard Feynman
Woody Allen
Carey Grant
Carol Burnett
George Goble
George Burns
Sid Caesar
Richard Prior
Marlon Brando
Bobby Fischer
Glenn Gould
Edward R Murrow
Ted Koppel
Marshall McLuhan
Mark Rothko
Paul Klee
Brice Marden (one of the greatest living modern abstract painters alive today)
Paul Simon
Art Garfunkel
Paul McCartney
Ringo Starr
David Bowie
David Byrne
Bob Geldoff
Robert Fripp
Robert Plant
Bob Dylan
Jimi Hendrix
Both Everly Brothers (left handed occurs more so in twins)
Duane and Greg Allman
Dick Dale (played guitar backward strung and left handed)
Babe Ruth
Lou Gehrig
John McInroe
Jimmy Connors
Chris Evert
Bill Gates
Steve Jobs
Steve Wozniak
Bill Clinton (holds world record for doing the daily NY Times Crossword in 7 min.)
Al Gore
Ross Perot
George Bush senior, not W!
Sylvestor Stallone (contrary to your blogger here)
John Kennedy
Ronald Reagan (*Although I disagreed with much of his politics, it is agreed by many just the same that he was a brilliant man in his own right or is that left?- As he was born left handed – Scientific research now indicates that is a child who is naturally left handed and is forced to become right handed, this may develop into leading to mental stress and trauma, which could possibly lead to Alzheimer’s disease later in life.)

Well this is a short list but see other left handed geniuses in Wikipedia


8:25 pm  
Blogger mark said...


Excellent! I posted a long response (it failed to take here- so I repeat now in short)as another left hander and I listed so many more greats who were left handed such as artists Rembrandt, Picasso, MC Eshcer; Scientists like Einstein, Richard Feynman, Galileo, Newton; other great thinker/writers like Twain, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, H.G. Wells, musicians you covered well but the three greatest ever? Bach- Mozart-Beethoven, David Byrne and Paul Simon. Twins like the Allman Brothers and he Everly Brothers. Ask others to read Wikipedia 'left handed" to see the biological facts on the brain of a lefthander. Then read the chapter on Genius- Opening words do not mention left handed but almost all the people they list as Geniuses are left handed!

Myspace MarkSolarProphet

8:48 pm  
Blogger George said...

Thanks mark, I learn't something new with your post

11:18 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Everly Brothers are not twins.


9:20 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ryan Giggs is right handed. Left footed, but definalty rifgt handed.

4:48 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, Ryan Giggs is left handed... almost makes me proud to be a lefty. when i was fourteen years old, one of my teachers tied my hand beihind my back and tried to make me write with my right... i hated her.

4:24 am  
Blogger John said...

Interesting the list has M. C. Escher as a "southpaw". I figured him for right-handed, he holds the reflecting sphere in his right hand, and he definitely used his right hand twice in the "hand Drawing Hand" illustration (which of course is holding the pencil). I guess (before the days of modern lithograhy) the stone prints a mirror image on the paper proof and this is what threw me off.

1:37 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am 17 and im left handed i dont know iff im the only one or iff im mad but i must be onnest i do feel supirior to other people i really do i dont know why but i yust feal like i am the man XDD i had to say it because i fealt like im not the only one by looking at the list of the greatest peolple on earth iff you feal familiar with me or have somethink to say please email me at : ELLIOTT1991@HOTMAIL.COM (sorry for my bad spealing im english but i have been brought up in spain and i go to spanish school so i have difficulty with my spealing thank you)

11:58 am  
Anonymous abbie said...

i just thought id say well done for finding out so much stuff about lefties!!!!!
You know whatsvquite funny. i thought that logic and all the things required for school was on the left side of ur brain but in my maths class the best person in it is left handed!!!!!!!!!

from your fellow leftie,

X Abb!e X

8:31 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am a fourteen year old lefty and i am trying to research more about it. this is a nicely done blog. being a lefty is awesome i use it as an excuse for being bad at using sissors. aha. its pretty extreme that all those famous people were lefthanded, but if you think about it, every one else who is famous is/was right handed?

4:59 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ryan Giggs,R.Carlos and Maradona are left footed and right handed, just type in any of there names followed by 'autograph' in google images or wherever and they will be signing with their right hand.

10:18 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

when you consider the evil lefties, I am all for my right handed buddies to round up all you lefties and throw into the Nile or into some other body of water beyond which you guys can left handedly swim back.


10:06 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lefties rule! :)))

1:57 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh such terrible spellers. The agony!
(I am surprised any of you filled in the Word Verification properly)

9:16 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're not ambidextrous, you're cross-lateral. Ambidextrous are EQUALLY well in every tangible act that could be operated with either hand. I know this because although I write rapidly my left-hand, and write poorly and illegibly with my right-hand. Wikipedia later explained to me that being able to write left-handed, and throw with your right-hand is not defined as ambidextrous, but rather cross-lateral.

6:41 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey me 2. i am 11, the only weird lefty in my class. i dont noe there are so many lefties.

1:11 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I LUV BEING A LEFTIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5;^)

1:52 pm  
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7:57 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bruce Willis. Watch Diehard One.

7:01 pm  
Blogger ROBERT said...

Finally i've met my family after 24 years of soul searching. I cant believe how big that list is and believe me bros/sisters am lauching a world wide campaign to celebrate our greatness.

1:35 am  
Blogger MunchieCouchMan said...

Barrack Obama is also Left handed.

12:37 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So many of the people mentioned on these lists are right handed, who have been known to have used their left hand for some things. Most notably the artists. Da Vinci was right handed, but could write with both hands, which he would do at the same time.

9:54 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joes Strummer; left-handed, but learned guitar right-handed. Like me, actually...

Interesting about the percentage of southpaws in your classes, since lefties are usually less adept at science/mathematical related subjects and are exceptional in the language and history area....

Good list (most don't have Marky Mark!).

7:28 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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4:39 am  
Blogger AllaboutGOD said...


I really love your post! I am left handed too and proud to be one.

10:38 am  
Anonymous DazzleLucky said...

Are you guys sure about that Steve jobs is a lefty???? Im very intersted in this topic plz reply me asap thx

6:15 pm  
Blogger sahil said...

Hi i am also left handed i eat with right hand and write and draw by left hand

6:48 pm  
Blogger Swapnil said...

Surprising that most of the influential people are left handed.

5:04 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

rowling is right handed, i checked.

5:05 pm  
Blogger Alex said...

Hi There from new zealand.I have set up a blog For comments are welcome

I write (very slowly) with my left-hand,shave and clean my teeth with the left also.

Tennis I play right-handed.I had my writing hand changed at junior school for a couple of years and then changed schools, and reverted to the left.

My youngest daughter is 100% left-handed(her twin is right handed)

Oh and I prefer to use the computer mouse left-handed or a centre touchpad

3:33 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so these are the list of celebrities who are left-handed... and the rest of them are right-handed :)

3:21 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi! My name is Nancy. I am a lefty and I have three children, a boy and two girls. All three of my children are lefties. Noone on my maternal side is left and only one aunt on paternal side is left. There are several lefties on my husband's side. What are the chances of all my kids being lefties? I think it's awesome! :)

10:08 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

xnWHO cares!! i am right hanged in throwing--i am a switch hitter in baseball i fight as a southpaw would-yet can easily change up depending on the circumstance or opponent,play guitar and drums righty,drive lefty,and generally use both hands gesturing.i fire a pistol righty, a rifle equally left and right. ppoint being is -- who puts all this thought into this subject-we are all unique

6:32 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Escher held the sphere in his right hand because he was drawing it with his left hand. I thought this would be easy for a lefty to figure out.

4:32 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fact is, lefties are superior, look at how many lefties play sports in relation to our amount. Interesting that by your post, the last 4 presidents of US a southpaw.... Proof positive, i think very few people understand how big a problem handism is.

4:04 am  
Anonymous Sophie B said...

Holy Crap... I swear I thought I was the only lefty in the world to be so enthusiastic about left-handedness. I'm so relieved to know that I'm not alone!

But the trouble with most of these lists of left-handed people... they miss some people out, like Zachary "Zacky Vengeance" Baker, Michael "Moose" Thomas, Joan Jett (musicians), Thomas Gibson, Kirsten Vangsness, and possibly Ian Somerhalder? (Actors) I've been looking up the possibility of Somerhalder being a lefty since I just saw a gif of him (as Damon Salvatore) teaching Nina Dobrev (as Elena Gilbert) to play pool, but they hold the cue lefty. I looked up the possibility of Dobrev being a lefty too but she isn't.

But yeah, I've seen some sources say Somerhalder is a lefty and others say he isn't. Sod's Law dictates he's not. xD

2:52 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I write (very badly!) with my right hand but use my left for almost everything else... I thought I might be naturally left handed so I picked up the pen in my left... It just felt right (PUN!!!)


4:23 pm  
Blogger Michelle Nilles said...

Lady Gaga is another leftie!

4:36 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm also left handed and an electrical enginer. It's been theorized that left handers have to exist in a right handed world - that's why so many have been technically proficient. One small startup company I worked for only had 10 employees - 7 of them were left handed! And, as for the older generation having a tendency to be right handed, it's most likely that they were forced to change in elementary school by their teachers.

4:16 am  
Blogger Gunjabeans said...

Steve Jobs is not left handed.

11:29 am  
Blogger Nisa Elkareema said...

Does anybody notice that Jeremy Renner is a left-handed? I saw a picture of his still in The Avengers. He pulls the bow back with his left hand. In fact, Hawkeye (the character he portrays) isn't a left-handed.

8:29 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Einstein was ambidextrous, most photographs of him at his chalk board show him using his right hand. He was forced to use his right hand as a child despite being left handed.

The act of being forced to use his right hand could well have altered the development of his brain (studies have shown this can increase the density and connectivity of the corpus callosum).

The real question is how many of our historical figures are true right-brained/left-handers? We will never know because of the practice of forcing them to write with their right hands.

Handedness is not always a sign of brain hemisphere dominance, I have come across many left handers who are left-brained, the true right-brained/left handers seem even more rare than the 10% you quote.

9:46 pm  
Blogger girlygirl said...

I am left handed too, and people always say "wow, i didn't know you were left-handed", it makes you feel special. I know that obama, angelina jolie and justin bieber, ricky martin are lefties too.

2:23 pm  
Anonymous Maxwell said...

okay a bunch of the things you say are inaccurate, if your going to write something on the internet keep it real. Neither Mike Tyson nor Beethoven were left handed, watch mike tyson fight he has a right handed stance and all pictures of beethoven writing are with his right hand. Also there is no evidence that Adolf Hitler was left handed. do not post things that misinform people! By the way I am also left handed and I find alot of the posts people make of left handed people include many right handed people who some seem to think to be southpaws.

10:23 pm  
Blogger Eashi said...

Steve McQueen was also left handed.

3:37 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...




10:23 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you were wrong about a couple of the famous people being left-handed. George Bush and Osama are not lefties. You over-looked a few others, too. Just saying.

9:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love this blog. I came here through google as I wanted to know if Steve Jobs was a lefthander. Why? Because I am righthanded and I hate to always have to go to the left top of the screen to x things or when you click on info, the dialogue comes up left. Everything always goes left and then I have to drag it to the right, to manipulate it.
Knowing now he was ambidextrous ( I am slightly too ) my question has been answered. Question is, how to change it. I prob have to change my mouse to be LH as well and operate from the left.
But reading here Bill Gates also is a lefthander makes me think he was thinking of the majority of people when developing his windows, as one closes there on the right side.
Lovely to read about all these famous people being lefthanded, great.

12:12 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

funny how you placed Adolf Hitler in the government and leader category and not the criminal

9:06 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lol! @ d Adolf Hitler comment. Hitlers in d govt section because human rights as we know it today, were codified in international law in 1948. So at the time, there was no written law against human rights abuses. If not, Hitler would have been put in the criminal section.
Im a lefty too!

10:38 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But you forgot something.
Best footballer ever was leftie:Edson Arantes Do Nascimento Pele.Then legendary Batistuta and Johan Cruyff,Ruud Krol(one of the best defenders ever),Karl-Heinz Schnellinger,Alfredo Di Stefano,Ferenc Puskas,.
Also best footballer now , Lionel Messi.
Then:David Silva,Esteban Cambiasso,Patrice Evra,Ashley Cole,Paolo Maldini,Raul Gonzalez, Robin Van Persie, Robben, Özil, Lukas Podolski , Karem Benzema,Adriano(he was great before) not to mention all the best goalkeepers :Iker Casillas , Petr Cech.

These are just some of the famous lefties in football.

1:56 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hitler was right-handed. This list sucks.

5:46 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barry Gibb Is Left Handed So Was Andy Gibb!

2:11 pm  
Blogger Ayjay Gamsby said...

I'm 28, & unfortunately I was trained right handed when I was learning to write. My teacher would constantly put the pencil in my right hand. So I write, messy, with my right hand. But I turned out ambidextrous. I draw, and when I'm drawing a picture of someone or something, I use my right hand. (My left hand during which remains balled up in a fist. I assume out of habit) but when I'm creating I use my left hand. In sports I kicked left footed.In music I played guitar both ways. Writing on boards I have to use my left hand. My right hand can't neatly write or control lines.I don't mind using both hands to do everything. I can drive a standard with ease. But I do wish I had not been forced as a child to be a righty. My teacher was a Ms. Jensen. She explained to me how she had been made to learn to eight right handed at catholic school as a child. So seeing me, she wanted to "make life easier" like they did for her.

2:30 am  
Anonymous cammie said...


10:40 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kurt Russell is not left handed. He taught himself to be left-handed for his role in Miracle, but he is naturally right handed.

The reason for the drop off by age is that up until very recently (like, the 1970's) children were _FORCED_ to be right handed, whether they were left handed or not.

My grandmother is a leftie, but writes with her right hand. Many people over a certain age may never have been given the chance to discover they were left handed.

Given all the other corrections in these comments, this doesn't seem to have been a very well researched post.

3:56 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

im lefthanded too but i suck at everything maybe ill be a great leader one day

11:15 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Firstly, I too am lefty. So my viewpoint is lefty. But there are a lot of people on this list and I'd just like to know how you confirm that they are lefty. Like Brando. I looked at a lot of photos and can't find much to support it. That being said. just because you write right handed doesn't make you right handed. People who are switched are still left handed. Also the idea that switching improves the size of your corpus colosseum is not correct. Besides, Einstein was a plagiarist, so it doesn't matter what hand he used. He had such bad math skills that he couldn't get into college.
De Pretto came up with E=Mc2 and Poincare came up with the relativity over a year before Eistein lifted it. That's why he can't account for how he came up with the theory.

Also, if you can write equally well with both hands, your left handed, because only lefties can do that because they have a larger corpus coliseum that connects the brain spheres...


Sorry for the rant. Great site. However I do think that it is important to verify facts.

7:24 pm  
Blogger Christopher J Harvie said...

An excellent is yet incomplete list of famous left handers. Jerry Seinfeld and Jason Alexander come to mind. One nit picky point, though it should read H. Norman Swarzkopf Jr.

9:34 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The reason for so few at older ages being left handed is because when they would use thier left hand to hold a fork or something, parents would "correct" them by putting it into thier right.
My parents did this with me (53) but they were told it is natural to let me use the hand I prefer.

1:31 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At the beginning, you say that since you play sports right-handed and write left-handed, you could be considered ambidextrous. Ambidextrous means being able to use BOTH hands equally well: ambi= both; dextrous= skillful in physical movements; especially of the hands. So, no, you are NOT ambidextrous.

What you are is, like me, specific handed. You chose a specific job to do with a specific hand and generally stick with that hand. I'm considered left-handed because I eat and write left-handed. But I play most sports right-handed. Turns out for me, anything that requires fine detail work (eating, cutting, writing, hand sewing) is done with my left. Anything requiring strength (except for using a hammer - cuz I gotta hit the tiny nail head), I use my right.

Some time in the early to mid 1980s, Psychology Today had a wonderful article about handedness.

10:08 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The first ever feature length documentary about BEING LEFT HANDED. Please spread far and wide to lefties everywhere...

9:30 pm  
Anonymous valcmakeup said...

Reading this makes me feel better as I was grown up to be told it was bad by my own family . Wasn't my race but my handedness . Now I having nothing but hearts for fathers who is the sons of left.

4:39 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A little information for those of you so eager to pride yourselves of your handedness. Claims for the left-handedness of Michelangelo appear to rest on a single anecdotal reference by a left-handed contemporary artist. Analysis of his hatching, though, suggests that he was in fact right-handed. Also, unlike in the case of Leonardo da Vinci, there is no mention of any unusual handedness from any of Michelangelo’s biographers. The idea sometimes proffered that Michelangelo’s depiction of Adam in the Sistine Chapel (in which Adam is shown extending his left hand) is evidence of Michelangelo’s left-handedness - or even Adam’s for that matter - is frankly ludicrous.

There is even some evidence that left-handed poster boy Leonardo da Vinci may not have been naturally left-handed. He clearly did use his left hand to draw and paint with: there seems little doubt about that. However, some research suggests that he may have been forced to use his left hand due to some accident or deformity of his right (in much the same way as Thomas Carlyle and King Edward III - also usually listed as left-handed - were forced to become left-handed).

Albrecht Dürer is, for some reason, usually regarded as left-handed, although with little corroborating evidence, and the jury remains out due to lack of evidence either way. The same applies to Raphael and to Peter Paul Rubens, who are also commonly reported as left-handed. Vincent Van Gogh was painted by Paul Gaugin as a right-hander and there appears to be no evidence to the contrary,despite the claims of many websites. Edvard Munch sometimes appears on lists of left-handed artists, but his only left hand connection is that, at one point in his life, he injured his left hand in a gun-shot accident. Rembrandt van Rijn is sometimes claimed by the left camp, but has been definitively shown to have been right-handed. Pablo Picasso was also demonstrably right-handed, with clear modern documentary evidence to prove it, and his identification as a left-hander appears to be nothing more than wishful thinking.

On the positive side, Hans Holbein the Younger (although not his father, the Elder) and M.C. Escher both appear to be convincingly left-handed. Paul Klee painted with both his left and right hands, although he preferred the left (however, he wrote with his right). The 19th Century French painter Raoul Dufy was naturally right-handed and wrote with his right hand, but taught himself to paint and draw with his left and even came to prefer it, and so represents a sort of “honorary left-hander”.

7:09 am  

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