Statuary of St. Francis Seraph - the ninth one on the left looking from the Old Town Bridge Tower
the ninth one on the left looking from the Old Town Bridge Tower
The sandstone statuary was created by Emanuel Max in 1855 and donated by Count František Antonín Kolowrat Libštejnský (1778–1861), who ordered the work to commemorate the failed assassination of Emperor Franz Joseph I in 1853. The statuary represents three separately standing figures made in the academic Classicism style of the 19th century. In the middle, there is St. Francis Seraph in his friar vestment standing between two angels – seraphs. The Latin inscription on the pedestal below St. Francis says Donated by Count František Antonín Kolowrat Libštejnský, a knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece, in 1855 in memory of St. Francis Seraph for the miraculous salvation of Emperor Franz Joseph in 1853. Below the angel on the right, there is the inscription For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways in Czech; the same inscription in German is below the angel on the left. The statuary replaced a similar statuary of the same saint made by František Preiss (around 1660-1712) in 1708 and paid for by Count Václav Vojtěch of Šternberk (1640-1708), the main figure of which is now in the alcove of the wall of the Capuchin Church of St. Joseph at náměstí Republiky.