Praying Hand and Albrecht Dürer – the Moral Myth

A false story of the origin of the Praying Hands has been widely circulated for many years. In this work of fiction, Dürer comes from a poor family of 18 children. Albrecht and his brother both desired to be artists, but since there was no money for art school, the older brother went to work in the mines to pay for the cost of Albrecht’s education. The roles were then to be reversed. But alas, the brother’s hard work ruined his hands and the chance of ever becoming an artist. In tribute to his sacrifice Albrecht sketched his brother’s hands. Most likely this fictional account of the Praying Hands was constructed in the 19th century when there was a renewed interest in Albrecht Dürer and his work.