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2 Praying Hands Is the most frequently duplicated and renown work of Albrecht Dürer ( ), an artist of legendary proportions who was roughly the Northern Renaissance equivalent of Leonardo da Vinci in terms of his paintings and etchings. The drawing is currently located at the Graphische Sammlung in Albertina, Vienna. Next, a touching but unverified story about this drawing. Adapted by Silvia Helena Cardoso

3 <> Albrecht, and one of his 17 brothers, Albert, both displayed considerable talent in the way of art, but that given the size of the family, there was no hope that no one of them could go to the local art academy. So an agreement was reached between the two brothers that the one winning a coin toss would attend college while the other would work in the nearby coal mines to support him for four years, at which time the other brother would go to school supported by whatever means necessary by the first. Needless to say Albrecht won the toss and in less than four years had made something of a name for himself as an artist.

4 I n returning home, after a long and memorable meal with family, punctuated with music and laughter, Albrecht rose from his honored position at the head of the table to drink a toast to his beloved brother for the years of sacrifice that had enabled Albrecht to fulfill his ambition. His closing words were, "And now, Albert, blessed brother of mine, now it is your turn. Now you can go to Nuremberg to pursue your dream, and I will take care of you."

5 <> Albert, in tears, holding his hands said softly, "No, brother. I cannot go to Nuremberg. It is too late for me. Look what four years in the mines have done to my hands! The bones in every finger have been smashed at least once, and lately I have been suffering from arthritis so badly in my right hand that I cannot even hold a glass to return your toast, much less make delicate lines on parchment or canvas with a pen or a brush.

6 <> Then, to pay homage to Albert for all that he had sacrificed, Albrecht Durer painstakingly drew his brother's abused hands with palms together and thin fingers stretched skyward. He called his powerful drawing simply "Hands," but the entire world almost immediately opened their hearts to his great masterpiece and renamed his tribute of love "The Praying Hands."

7 <> The next time you see a copy of that touching creation, take a second look. Let it be your reminder, if you still need one, that no one - no one - - ever makes it alone!


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