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praying hands

The Praying Hands

Back in the fifteenth century, in a tiny
village near Nuremberg, lived a family with
eighteen children. Eighteen! In order
merely to keep food on the table for this
mob, the father and head of the household,
a goldsmith by profession, worked almost
eighteen hours a day at his trade and any
other paying chore he could find in the
neighborhood. Despite their seemingly
hopeless condition, two of Albrecht Durer
the Elder's children had a dream. They both
wanted to pursue their talent for art, but
they knew full well that their father would
never be financially able to send either of
them to Nuremberg to study at the

After many long discussions at night in
their crowded bed, the two boys finally
worked out a pact. They would toss a coin.
The loser would go down into the nearby
mines and, with his earnings, support his
brother while he attended the academy.
Then, when that brother who won the toss
completed his studies, in four years, he
would support the other brother at the
academy, either with sales of his artwork
or, if necessary, also by laboring in the

They tossed a coin on a Sunday morning
after church. Albrecht Durer won the toss
and went off to Nuremberg. Albert went
down into the dangerous mines and, for the
next four years, financed his brother,
whose work at the academy was almost an
immediate sensation. Albrecht's etchings,
his woodcuts, and his oils were far better
than those of most of his professors, and
by the time he graduated, he was beginning
to earn considerable fees for his
commissioned works.
When the young artist returned to his
village, the Durer family held a festive
dinner on their lawn to celebrate Albrecht's
triumphant homecoming. After a long and
memorable meal, punctuated with music
and laughter, Albrecht rose from his
honored position at the head of the table to
drink a toast to his beloved brother for the
years of sacrifice that had enabled Albrecht
to fulfill his ambition. His closing words
were, "And now, Albert,...
Oh! What A Sacrificial Heart. Can Dat B Found In Days Of Ours? God Help Us 2 Emulate Albert. Tnx 4 Sharing.
22.04.2015 09:02 EDT,
a drama of life.. Touched thanks to share
23.01.2013 03:05 EST,
Very interesting & heart touching story......everybdy must take a lesson frm it!! I've read this story 3 times so far!! Thanks 2 share (ZR bro) this wonderfl story with us....
21.01.2013 10:29 EST,
It touched my heart and almost makes me cry...thanks for sharing
21.01.2013 05:59 EST,
Nice story... very touching. Thank u for sharing.
20.01.2013 02:28 EST,
A great sacrife made by a br0ther. . .and the love of two br0thers . . .make this st0ry truly amazing.
20.01.2013 00:54 EST,
an amazing story, regardless of real or fictional story but it touches, although the conditions were different but behind the shortage.. stored spirit to lift brother dignity, sincere sacrifice
19.01.2013 23:43 EST,
its realy touchable story about two brothers who did sacrifice to his brother for make him educated then own ... I love it love of brothers...
19.01.2013 22:07 EST,

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