Praying Hands (Dürer)

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Praying Hands
German:Betende Hände
Betende Hände
Artist Albrecht Dürer
Year c. 1508
Type drawing
Dimensions 29.1 cm × 19.7 cm (11.5 in × 7.8 in)
Location Albertina, Vienna

Betende Hände, in English Praying hands (also known as Studie zu den Händen eines Apostels in German, or "Study of the Hands of an Apostle") is a pen-and-ink drawing by the German printmaker, painter and theorist Albrecht Dürer, executed circa 1508. The artwork is stored at Albertina museum — Graphische Sammlung in Vienna, Austria. Dürer used white heightening technique and black ink on (self-made) blue colored paper. The drawing shows two male hands palm to palm praying, the body to the right (not seen). Also, the partly up-folded sleeves of the prayer are seen.

The drawing is a sketch (study) for an apostles' hand who was planned to be in the center panel of the triptych for the Heller altar, which was destroyed by a fire in 1729.[1] The hand sketch appears on the triptych in the inside center panel on the right in similarity, although in smaller size. On the same paper is a sketch of the apostle's head, but the sheet has been divided from it. Overall, Dürer made 18 sketches for the altarpiece.[2]

The first public recognition of the artwork was in 1871 when it was exhibited in Vienna.[3]

The image depicts probably the master's own hands.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ www.barefootsworld.net Robert Perry Hardison (Barefoot): "Dürer". Retrieved 2010-05-30.
  2. ^ (German) www.welt.de Die Welt "Wie Albrecht Dürer die Betenden Hände erfand", 24 December 2008. Retrieved 2010-05-30.
  3. ^ (German) www.focus.de Kultur: "Dürers „Betende Hände“ Tausendmal kopiert", 22 November 2008. Retrieved 2010-05-30.
  4. ^ (German) www.theophil-online.de Theophil-online, ökumenische Online-Zeitschrift: "Call God - Materialien für einen alternativen Zugang zum Thema Gebet im Religionsunterricht - 2.3.5. Variationen zu Albrecht Dürers Betende Hände", Gerd Buschmann 2002. Retrieved 2010-05-30.