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The story behind this picture is amazing. This is not just a sketch of the hands, there is something more behind this image. Albrecht Dürer imprinted his brother’s hands on this engraving, thanks to which the artist’s name is now known throughout the world.
Once at the very beginning of a career, two brothers agreed that they would be artists in turn. As you know, this profession brings income only to units, and both boys understood this very well, so one of them had to do something more profitable, but difficult, so that the other could freely create.
This worker also became the brother of Dürer. Unfortunately, by the time it came to change places, his hands were already so hardened that he could no longer become an artist. Resentment, however, he did not hold, as he was a humble and pious man. The hands of this noble praying brother Durer we see in the picture. Knowing the history of creation, you look at the work in a completely different way, realizing the full power of sacrificial brotherly love. Without realizing it, the brother sacrificed his dream so that the dream of another could come true.
And both had a chance to fulfill their dreams: one only needs to look at these long thin fingers, as if created to hold a brush. The picture is a great example of the fact that to achieve expressiveness you do not need to use many colors, just strokes, graphically accurate lines and black and white shades are enough.
Dürer, as can be seen in the picture, is well acquainted with the anatomy: his hands are written to the smallest detail, clearly and reliably. Each vessel, each nail, each emerging vein in the hands, each small pillow of fingers is written out thoroughly, scrupulously, precisely.
“Hands of a Prayer” were copied many times, depicted on postcards, paintings, illustrations and even coins. This is not only one of Dürer’s most recognizable works, but also one of the most famous paintings in the history of fine art in general.