As children, brothers Hans and Albrecht, the German-born sons of a Hungarian goldsmith, dreamt about becoming great artists. And they both began studying art at an early age. But times were difficult for their family in the late 1400's, and it soon became clear that their studies were a luxury the family could not afford. It looked like the brothers would have to return to their father's shop and become goldsmiths.
But that disturbed Hans. He saw that his brother had a great gift for artistry, and he didn't want that wonderful talent to be wasted. Thus, Hans gave himself to the family trade so that Albrecht could continue studying.
And studying he did. Apprenticing under painter and printer Michael Wolgemut, he blossomed into a profoundly talented artist. Many consider Albrecht Dürer the greatest German artist of the Renaissance era. He went on to create world famous prints, such asThe Four Horseman of the Apocalypse, The Passion of Christ, and The Last Supper.
Though not Dürer's most dramatic or spectular work, Studying of Praying Hands is one of his most poignant pieces. It displays the sinewy, callused hands of a laborer coming together in the contrite act of prayer. It embodies the humble dependence on believers are to possess. Who was the model for Albrecht Dürer's famous work? None other than his brother Hans, the man who make it possible for him to pursue his calling as an artist. For all time, this expression of Dürer's faith also symbolizes the deep love, appreciation, and friendship of one brother for another.
I will enter His gates With thanksgiving in my heart I will enter His courts with praise I will say this is the day That the Lord has made I will rejoice for He has made me glad He has made me glad He has made me glad I will rejoice for He has made me glad .
[ send green star]