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The Praying Hands


Title: Praying Hands, 1508

Date created: 1508

Painter: Albrecht Dürer

Type: Brush, gray and white ink, gray wash, on blue prepared paper

Rights: Albertina, Vienna


The Story Behind The Picture Of The Praying Hands Back in the fifteenth century, in a tiny village near Nuremberg, lived a family with eighteen children.

Eighteen! In order merely to keep food on the table for this mob, the father and head of the household, a goldsmith by profession, worked almost eighteen hours a day at his trade and any other paying chore he could find in the neighbourhood.