St Dominic and St Thomas Aquinas with the Virgin Mary by Jackel on the Charles Bridge in Prague Czech Republic

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St Dominic and St Thomas Aquinas with the Virgin Mary by Jackel on the Charles Bridge in Prague Czech Republic
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St Dominic and St Thomas Aquinas with the Virgin Mary by Jackel on the Charles Bridge in Prague Czech Republic This is more aptly described as St Thomas Aquinas throwing the book at the Virgin Dominic stands to the west of the raised Madonna and St Thomas is on the eastern side closest to the Clementinum and Old Town Dominic is the founder of Dominican Order and usually has the aattribute of a dog as glyph for Dominicii canus or the Dogs of the Lord The sculpture was commissioned by the Dominicans of St Jilji Old Town Prague It was created by Matej Vaclav Jackel in 1708 in Italian Baroque style which was new to Prague Jackel also created the statue of St Anne Dominicans arrived in Bohemia in 1301 and were dedicated to the Poor Clares and sponsored by Princess Cunigunde Earliest document in Prague is 1312 The Order received patronage of the Archbishop John of Jenstejn Jan Jenstejn who stood in opposition to Wenceslas IV the Drunkard during the Great Schism Wenceslas the Drunkard ordered the torture and death of Jan Nepomuk who was thrown off the bridge Nepomuk was Vicar General to Archbishop Jan Jenstyn The statue of Jan Nepomuk was first statue on Charles Bridge in 1683 The statues were placed on the bridge following the Thirty Years war as part of the reconstruction and beautification but more importantly as reminders of Catholic dominance as part of Counter Reformation and brutal enforcement of Catholicism
Location: Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic

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