This plaque of Dürer’s praying hands (betende Hände) was my grandparents’ and as a child I was fascinated by those hands. When my grandparents died, my aunt took the plaque and said it should go to me as Albrecht Dürer’s initials were the same as mine: A D.

For a long time I wanted to write a blog post about him and as I’m writing this post on 21 May, it’s a good day, because …

Albrecht Dürer was born 21 May 1471 in Nürnberg (Nuremberg)  and died 6 April 1528 in Nürnberg. His praying hands are probably one of his most famous works.

As we can’t go back in time and probably won’t get the chance to see any of his works, I found a few interesting videos on YouTube.

Albrecht Durer: A collection of 153 paintings (no German requires, just enjoy the paintings and maybe comment below with your favourite one)

Dürer’s woodcuts and engravings (in English)

BBC Northern Renaissance 02 The Birth of the Artist (very interesting film about Dürer in English)

Visiting Albrecht Dürer’s house | Check-in

LIDO – Ich Albrecht Dürer (another interesting video, this time in German)

If you want to practise your German by reading about Dürer, there is lots of information in German on Wikipedia  or you can read about him in English.

I’ll leave you one more German video which I hope you’ll also enjoy: a little bit of Monty Python ☺

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