Statuary of the Madonna, St. Dominic and St. Thomas Aquinas - the second one on the right looking from the Old Town Bridge Tower
the second one on the right looking from the Old Town Bridge Tower
The sandstone statuary was created by Matěj Václav Jäckel in 1708 and donated by the Convent of the Dominican Order by the Church of St. Giles in the Prague Old Town. In the center, there is the Virgin Mary with baby Jesus above the earth with clouds. The Virign Mary is giving prayer beads to St. Dominic, the founder of the Dominican Order, kneeling on the left side of the pedestal and surrounded with his attributes (an abbatial infula, a head cover, and a dog with a burning torch in his mouth, the emblem of the order). On the right, there is the creator of the scholastic philosophy, St. Thomas Aquinas, with his attributes – a book, quill, chain with a shining Sun and angel holding a beehive. There are several Latin inscriptions on the statuary: For the glory of Jesus and Mary: 1708 (below the statue of the Virgin Mary), You wrote well (inside the book in Thomas’ hand), Mind the congregation that has been yours since the beginning (in the middle of the pedestal), To the teacher St. Thomas Aquinas: 1708 and I was appointed teacher and preacher of faith and truth (on the right of the pedestal), To the founder, St. Dominic: 1708 and We profess the crucified Christ, who disgraced all Jews (on the left of the pedestal) and Erected by the Preachers: 1708 (in the stylobate of the pedestal). The original of the statuary is now in the Lapidarium of the National Museum; the copy on the bridge was made by V. Bartůněk and S. Hanzl in 1958-61.