Rev. Dr. Chuck Moffett
“… Now You Know The Rest Of The Story.” With those words, Paul Harvey, famed radio broadcaster, would offer little known facts behind well-known persons and events. In that light, I offer a “rest of the story” behind a famous drawing in hopes we might move into the new year with a perspective beyond empty resolutions.
Back in the 15th century, in a tiny village near Nuremberg, Germany, there lived a family with 18(!) children. Two of the brothers had a dream of being artists, but they knew their father’s income could not support that dream.
The brothers made a pact by tossing a coin: the winner would go to art school – the loser would work for 4 years to support the other. After 4 years, the roles would be reversed. Albrecht Durer won the toss, while brother Albert went to work in the mines.
Young Albrecht’s art works became prized purchases even before he finished his studies. When he returned after graduation, he announced to a family gathering: “And now, Albert, blessed brother of mine, it is your turn to pursue your dream, and I will take care of you.”
Albert responded: “No, brother, I cannot go. It is too late for me. The bones in every finger have been smashed … I suffer from arthritis. I cannot even hold a glass to return your toast …”
Of the hundreds of Albrecht’s works, most of us are familiar with only one: his painstaking drawing of his brother’s abused hands, palms together, thin fingers stretched skyward. Albrecht names his drawing “Hands.” Almost immediately, the world renamed his tribute of love: “The Praying Hands.” When you see the drawing again, may it remind you as we yearn for a better world: NO ONE … NO ONE … EVER MAKES IT ALONE!”