Baroque statues are an inseparable feature of the Czech landscape. Together with Pilgrimage sites and wayside shrines, they are the last witnesses to how beautifully adorned the landscape was during Baroque times. Period paintings depict statues of St John of Nepomuk, St Florian and other eminent Saints perched on village commons, bridges and along roads and alleyways. The planting of these statues was a purposeful act of the Baroque mindset to claim and shape the landscape.
The end of the Baroque period brought a decline in this cultural phenomenon, as it has not been repeated on the same scale since then. It is for this reason that the sculptor and professor Jan Hendrych – whom we introduced in Soffa issue 07 – considers the Baroque to be the last real artistic period.
Inspired by the publication of the Baroque issue #SOFFA18, we have decided to help return statues to the landscape. Museums and galleries are wonderful places, but the impression a statue makes in a public space is incomparable. If you know a place where a Baroque statue used to stand – be it an alley, roadside, village common, bridge or the top of a hill – and where it would be lovely to see it returned, then write to us. We will try and find a sponsor to help Jan Hendrych, who turns 80 this year, to create and place a baroque reminiscence in the given location.
Thank you for your help and sharing!