If the 15th century German artist, Albrecht DÃ¼rer, was alive today, he would be a rich man. Copyright to his brushÂ drawingÂ of ‘Hands in Prayer’ would auction off for millions. It was originally commissioned as an altar-piece by the mayor of Frankfurt in 1508. A later version of these praying hands appeared in another DÃ¼rer work, only this time as the hands of an apostle standing at an empty grave looking heavenwards at the coronation of the Virgin Mary. The original was destroyed by fire in 1729, but a copy of the altar-piece, as well as some earlier sketches survived.
Today, DÃ¼rer’s “Praying Hands” is not only the most widely known and frequently produced of his works, but it’s one of the most popular tattooÂ designsÂ of all times. The image continues to move people’s hearts and minds, especially when combined with a variety of favorite tattoo icons, such as the cross or the rosary. It is often teamed up with hearts and halos, or the name of a loved one, as aÂ memorial. Praying hands and our lady ofÂ GuadalupeÂ in black and gray tattoo design, done in morbid tattoo parlor in cash and carry mall Makati Manila, Philippines.