Back in the 15th century, in a little village near Nuremberg Germany, there was a family with eighteen children. Two of the older children wanted to study to become painters but their father could not afford to send them to school.
The two brothers, Albert and Albrecht Dürer decided that they would flip a coin to decide which would go to school first while the other went to the mines and got a job to support him and when the brother had graduated and was making money then the other boy would go to school while the artist supported him! The coin was tossed and young Albrecht won, so off to 4 years of college he went while Albert went to the mines to support him.
Albrecht learned very well and much of his work during school was even better then his professors. He began a fast career of selling his work even in his last year of studies. When he graduated and came home his family threw a big party. As he was giving a toast to his brother Albert and thanking him for all the sacrifice and hard work he had done for 4 long years he said it was his time to support and send Albert off to school so he could also reach his dream and become an artist. Albert looked down and then said, “It is too late for me… each of my fingers have been crushed and damaged in the mines, I have arthritis now in my hands and I can’t even pick up this cup to toast you back without pain! How could I ever pick up a brush and paint fine lines or make beautiful pictures that someone would buy?” Albrecht was filled with great sorrow when he realized the great price his brother had paid for him and although he could support both of them very well he could never give back his brother that lost skill.
One night when Albrecht came home from working he saw Albert sitting at his table with his hands folded in prayer and a great idea seized him. ” I can never give him back his skill but I can let the whole world know forever the debt of love and gratitude for all that he did for me!” Albrecht said. “I will draw his hands just as they are right now, folded in prayer to our God who gives so abundantly! Perhaps as people look at them, they two will be reminded of the love and toil others have poured out in order that they might be what they are today!”
Praying Hands by Albrecht Dürer is a famous ink and pencil drawing created in the early 14th century. The drawing is on blue colored paper that the artist made himself.
It is probably impossible for us to completely repay those who do many things for us. They don’t expect it, but we should let them know that we do appreciate all they do for us! Is there someone you need to thank today?
Until next time have a blessed week, Joe