Early Art

Truth behind Og Mandino's story about Albrect Dürer's "Praying Hands"?

Today I came across a story behind the famous "Praying Hands" of Albrecht Dürer. According to Og Mandino's "A Better Way To Live", it's the suffering hands of his brother Albert who worked for years in the mines to support Albrecht in his early art studies. (http://www.ivythesis.com/samples/essay%20samples/essay%20paper%20sample%206.htm) – The story doesn't make sense because according to Wikipedia Albrecht Dürer was already around 37 years old when he drew these hands as a sketch for the Heller altarpiece; moreover, the hands don't look like those of a mine-worker.

My question: Is the above a mere legend without any factual relation to Dürer's quite well-documented life?

You are very perceptive. I have also heard this legend many times. Those are not the hands of a person who has physically worked hard with their hands for decades. The hands of many of the figures in Rembrandt's paintings are those of working people, thick, powerful and knobby. The hands in Durer's famous drawing have obviously not endured the daily abuse of hard labor for many years. It is just a legend.

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