Statuary of the Madonna and St. Bernard - the first one on the right looking from the Old Town Bridge Tower
the first one on the right looking from the Old Town Bridge Tower
The sandstone statuary was created by Matěj Václav Jäckel in 1709 and donated by Benedict Littwerig, an abbot of the Cistercian Monastery in Osek In the middle of the statuary, there is the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus in her arms and a scepter. A kneeling St. Bernard, the founder of the Cistercian Order, is looking up to her on her right; an angel in front of him is holding an abbatial infula (a head cover). On the left, there are angels holding the symbols of Jesus Christ’s suffering (a cross, spikes, hammer and pliers), a rooster (that crowed three times when Apostle Peter denied Christ), a veraicon (a miraculous imprint of Christ’s face in Veronica’s scarf) and dice (with which soldiers played for Christ’s clothes). On the statuary, there are several Latin inscriptions: On Gabriel’s Ave, you, the Most Beautiful, answer So Become It! – Send your So Become It as we repeat Ave. – On Bernard’s Ave, you, the Most Beautiful, answer Salve! – Send your salve as we repeat Ave (in the middle of the pedestal) and If Gabriel wished to change his face, he would take the one from this statue. On Gabriel’s Ave, you, the best Father, will receive salve. On our Salve, please give us your Ave (on the right). On the right edge of the pedestal, there is a slab saying Donated by Father Benedict, an abbot of the Monastery in Osek, in 1709 A.D. in memory of Christ, Mary and St. Bernard. The original of the statuary is in Gorlice at Vyšehrad. The copy was made by M. Vajchr, V. Hlavatý, J. and P. Vitvar, M. Tomšej, A. Viškovská-Altmanová, and J. Wolf in 1979. – From the statuary, we can see the relief of Bradáč.