NY Met to feature works by German artist born without hands

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Posted: Dec 16, 2015 12:14 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — An upcoming Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition features intricate drawings by an 18th-century German artist who was born without hands.

Matthias Buchinger (muh-TY'-uhs BOOK'-ing-ur) is known as the "Little Man of Nuremberg" at just 2½ feet tall. But his achievements were huge.

He was a draftsman, calligrapher, magician and musician.

Buchinger used both arms to grasp writing implements. He also had no legs.

His talents attracted noblemen, kings and emperors, but also the general public.

His compositions consisted largely of calligraphy and micrography (my-KRAHG'-ruh-fee). In the latter art form, tiny lines of text are used to create patterns and shapes.

The exhibition opens Jan. 8. It includes drawings, prints and other ephemera from the collection of illusionist and actor Ricky Jay.