Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) was a German painter, printmaker and theorist from Nuremberg. His vast body of work includes altarpieces, religious works, numerous portraits and self-portraits, and copper engravings. His watercolours mark him as one of the first European landscape artists, while his ambitious woodcuts revolutionized the potential of that medium.
Praying Hands is a pen and ink drawing which was a sketch (study) for an apostles' hand who was planned to be in the centre panel of the triptych for the Heller altar, Frankfurt, which was destroyed by a fire in 1729. The hand sketch appears on the triptych in the inside centre panel on the right, although in smaller size.
the above text appears on the back of the card HC-331: card size 7" x 5" (178mm x 127mm)