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Today is the birthday (1471) of Albrecht Dürer, a master engraver, painter, and mathematician. He holds a special place in my memory because my father loved his work. We had a copy of one of his self portraits in our living room. I don’t think anyone in the house ever mentioned it, but I believe Dürer suffered from Dupuytren’s contracture. My father suffered too. Over time his fingers on both hands curled into a ball. This is known by doctors as a “benign” condition because there is no pain associated with it. I am not sure why modern medicine considers a crippling condition “benign.”   I have it too. I have not succumbed to it because I do what I am told – something my father could never do. I sit on my hands daily and stretch the muscles.

Dürer was a man to be admired. Here is an engraving in silverpoint he did of himself when he was 13.

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He taught the world about perspective. He taught the world about attention to detail. There is only one rule in life – PAY ATTENTION. Notice the details. Here is a hare that is famous. Look at the details. I think it might be scurrilous of me to give you a recipe for hare. But here in Argentina we do eat them.

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