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Restoration of the sculpture of St. John Nepomucene – open-air

St. John Nepomucene at Pohořelec, conditions after the restoration
from: 15. 5. 2017
to: 31. 10. 2017
Pohořelec, Prague Castle District

from: 15. 5. 2017
to: 31. 10. 2017
Pohořelec, Prague Castle District

curator
Mgr. Marie Foltýnová, Ph.D.

realization
2015–2016

ordered by
Galerie hlavního města Prahy

made by
Fakulta restaurování Univerzita Pardubice

senior restorer 
Mgr. art. Jakub Ďoubal, Ph.D.

laboratory support 
Ing. Renata Tišlová, Ph.D., Ing. Petra Lesniaková, Ph.D.

cooperation
MgA. Lukáš Brotánek, Zuzana Auská, Jiří Škarvada, Klára Teturová, BcA. Michaela Glaserová, BcA. Kristýna Kalvodová, MgA. Barbora Glombová

material of the statues 
fine-grained quartz sandstone

material of the pedestal 
quartz sandstone, Žehrovice type

rozměry 
total height of the sculpture 479 cm, pedestal width 231 cm

 

According to the dating, the sculpture was built in 1752, probably by John Anton Quintainer (1709–1765), late Baroque Czech woodcarver and sculptor. Originally, the sculpture was standing on the corner of the Hradčanské Square and Kanovnická Street; around 1846 it was transported to Pohořelec.

The sculpture is based on a richly decorated pedestal with two wings, finished by scrolls with shell-shaped ornaments. Three-dimensional volutes also adorn the sides of the central part with Latin inscriptions inside a six-pointed star. In its center, a metallic console was attached later, carrying an eternal light, also in the shape of a six-pointed star. The highest part of the pedestal bears the statue of St. John Nepomucene, traditionally attired in priest’s clothes, with a crucifix. The fish at John’s right foot is a symbol of taciturnity; the shell refers to his martyrdom in the Vltava River. A little angel to John’s right locks his mouth with his finger; also this gesture of silence refers to John’s refusal to betray a confessional secret. An angel on the other side is carrying the Palladium of Stará Boleslav, an embossment of Virgin Mary with a child, to which a protective power over the Czech lands is attributed traditionally.