Praying Hands Of An Apostle Statue
Based On The Painting By Albrecht Durer
This beautiful statue is cast after the original "Praying Hands Of An Apostle" statue which was created by Albrecht Durer in 1507. The beautiful statue captures the faithful essence of the original painting, with striking attention to detail. Constructed from bonded stone, the two hands clasped in prayer make a wonderful addition to any Christian showcase. The statue is a stunning tribute the the original Albrecht Durer painting, and makes a beautiful Christian gift. Crafted from bonded stone, this wonderful display of faith measure 6" high and weighs approximately 2 lbs.
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- $ 34.95Praying Hands Statue
History Of The Original Albrecht Durer Painting
In 1507, Albrecht Durer was commissioned by the wealthy merchant, Jacob Heller, to paint a triptych for the altar of the Dominican church in Frankfurt, based on the theme of the ascension of Mary. The ‘Heller altar’ was soon so famous that Elector Maximilian of Bavaria had the central panel added to his own art collection. The panel was lost in a fire in 1729, but well over twenty preliminary sketches have been preserved. Of these, the ‘praying hands of an apostle’ by Albrecht Durer is the most famous.
Biography Of Albrecht Durer
Albrecht Durer was a gifted graphic artist, painter and theoretician who
formed an important link between Northern and Southern European art and
who is regarded as the founder of German High Renaissance. As the
son of a Nuremberg goldsmith, Albrecht Durer had mastered all manner of art and craft techniques at an early
age. When he was fifteen, Durer started a four year apprenticeship with the
painter and graphic artist Michael Wolgemut who, at that time, had quite
a reputation. Albrecht Durer worked in Wolgemut’s atelier on altar paintings,
designs for stained-glass artists and woodcuts for illustrations in
In 1490, as was tradition, the young artist set out on a long journey. Albrecht Durer stayed in Basel for a long time and carried out book illustration assignments and mastered the sophisticated techniques of copper engraving and etching. Four years later he returned home and married Agnes Fey. The marriage, which his father had arranged, was a childless one. He soon left, this time to avoid the plague, and headed for Italy. There the gifted artist learned to compose, discovered the wonders of perspective and the use of colors by the thriving Italian renaissance painters. Albrecht Durer became a personal friend of the Bellini brothers. Upon his return to the town of his birth, Durer set up his own atelier and started selling his own engravings and etchings.
Entirely in keeping with the Renaissance he was a keen student of science in his capacity of ‘homouniversalis’ and wrote theoretical essays on the arts. Albrecht Durer moved in circles of progressive humanist scholars and was a leading citizen in the influential free imperial city of Nuremberg. Holy Roman Emperor Maximiliaan enlisted Durer into his service and paid him a substantial annual allowance. His last major trip took him to the Netherlands. Upon his return to Nuremberg Durer painted his most influential portraits and wrote theoretical works on the science of measurement, perspective and proportion. His death in 1528 marked the end of a very productive life during which he was acknowledged as the most gifted German artist of his time. As a link between Northern and Southern Europe Albrecht Durer was also the founder of the German High Renaissance.