Statue of St. Cajetan - the twelfth one on the right looking from the Old Town Bridge Tower
the twelfth one on the right looking from the Old Town Bridge Tower
The sandstone statue was created by Ferdinand Maxmilián Brokof in 1709 and donated by the Prague Convent of the Theatines (Cajetanians). St. Cajetan, dressed in a regular vestment, is standing in front of a tall triangular obelisk covered with clouds and the heads of angels that symbolizes the Holy Trinity. The heart on the top of the obelisk had wings but they are no longer there. The book that St. Cajetan is holding has the Latin inscription But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33. The cartouche on the pedestal says, in Latin, St. Cajetan the Theatine, the founder of the Order, who lived the life of an apostle. This statue was very important for the further artistic growth of its author, F. M. Brokof. On this statue, he separated the figure of the saint from the background for the first time, changing the traditional concept of the family workshop. His other work, the statuary of St. Francis Borgia, already expresses a totally new artistic concept.