published: 17.10.2013, 11:44 | updated: 17.10.2013 12:08:42
Prague - The restored baroque sandstone sculpture group of Jesus Christ the Saviour and SS Cosmas and Damian was returned to the 14th century Charles Bridge, the oldest stone bridge in Prague, today.
The restoration works started in 2010. Experts first cleaned the statues and then repaired and adjusted their surface to better resist bad wether.
The Gallery of the Capital of Prague wants to have copies of the other baroque statues created. In the future all baroque originals will probably disappear from the bridge and will be kept in a depository, Marie Foltynova, the gallery´s curator of outdoor sculptures, told CTK.
The first part of the newly restored sculpture group, returned to the bridge last week, while St Damian´s statue was placed on the plinth this morning.
The Prague Gallery has paid over 1.5 million crowns for the restoration, Foltynova said.
A copy of the sandstone plinth for the statues was put on the bridge in 2011 since the original was in a very bad state.
The 520-metre-long Charles Bridge, originally called "Stone Bridge," was founded in 1357 under the reign of Charles IV, King of Bohemia and Roman Emperor.
At the end of the 17th and in the 18th centuries, the bridge turned into a splendid gallery of baroque statues of saints. Some of them were added in the 19th century.
At present there are still 11 completely or partially baroque sculpture groups on Charles Bridge, Foltynova said.
However, experts consider even the later 19th-century statues on the bridge very valuable, she added.
At present, another two baroque sculpture groups, both by Ferdinand Maxmilian Brokoff, are being restored.
However, the originals will not return to the bridge after the renovation. They will be replaced by copies that are to cost up to ten million crowns.
The sandstone lifespan is put at 200 to 300 years, while most of the baroque statues on the bridge were created at the begining of the 18th century.
"Consequently, the stone is on the edge of its lifespan," Foltynova said, adding that the sandstone would lose surficial layers, which would affect the statues´ artistic quality.
The sculpture groups on the bridge are masterworks made by the best sculptures of the era, she recalled.
This is why all original baroque statues will gradually be preserved in a depository with time. The Prague Gallery would like to display them in the Charles Bridge Lapidarium in the future.
The surface of the statues from the 19th century on the bridge should also be cleaned.
08.12.2013 | 18:34
08.12.2013 | 15:59
08.12.2013 | 15:35
Schwarzenberg re-elected chairman of Czech TOP 09
08.12.2013 | 10:23
Czech PM apologises for embarrassing words linked to late Mandela
07.12.2013 | 18:57
Czech nascent coalition agrees on all except taxes, health care
07.12.2013 | 17:03