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Praying hands, art by Durer

Durers Praying Hands. Sketch by the German artist Albrecht Durer (1471-1528) of praying hands (1508). Durer did much to introduce the Renaissance style of art to northern Europe. He travelled to Italy in 1494 and 1505 and studied the new art. He was one of the first to study and use perspective, and his mathematical rigour meant his works were among the best of the time

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16th Artist Drawing Durer German Hand Portraits Religion Renaissance Sixteenth Century Study 1508 Albrecht Mono Chrome Praying Hands


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This print showcases the iconic "Praying Hands" sketch by renowned German artist Albrecht Durer. Created in 1508, this historical artwork exemplifies Durer's significant contribution to introducing the Renaissance style of art to northern Europe. Having traveled to Italy in 1494 and 1505, Durer immersed himself in studying the new artistic techniques emerging during that time. Durer's meticulous attention to detail is evident in this piece, as he skillfully captures the essence of prayer through his masterful use of monochrome illustration. Known for his groundbreaking exploration of perspective, Durer's mathematical precision shines through, making his works among the finest examples from that era. These praying hands symbolize devotion and spirituality, transcending time and resonating with viewers across centuries. The delicately rendered fingers intertwined in prayer evoke a sense of reverence and contemplation. As we admire this remarkable portrait, we are reminded not only of Durer's immense talent but also of the rich history behind it. This print serves as a testament to both religious faith and artistic excellence—a harmonious blend that has stood the test of time. Captured by Science Photo Library, this image invites us into a world where art intertwines with religion and history unfolds before our eyes.

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