Saturday, January 23, 2010

The Vision of St. Luitgarda


The most famous and artistically the most important statue on the St. Charles Bridge in Prague, belonging to the top art works of Baroque sculpture, represents the Vision of St. Luitgarda, Cistercian nun from the Convent of St. Trond, who, when praying, had a vision of Christ coming loose from the cross and letting her kiss his wounds. (This statue figures prominently in a novel I'm currently writing.)


2 comments:

Christoffer Westerlund said...

I saw the statue today and was mostly fascinated by the angels and the demon like creatures coming up from the rock. It looks like the bottom and top angel are "fighting" the demons.

What is your take on this?

Jayden Cameron said...

Hmmm interesting. The only reference I can think of is to the image of the Virgin Mary with her foot on the serpent, crushing Satan underfoot. Perhaps it symbolizes the forces of evil who are writhing in frustration at the power of the cross and the graces being disseminated through St. Luitgarda's participation in the mystery of redemptive suffering. But that's just a wild guess!