Statues - Hither & Thither

Austria
Sankt Pölten
Niederösterreich

Linzer Straße 9-11
(Institut der Englischen Fräulein)

Heiligenstatuen am Institut der Englischen Fräulein

Saint Statues at the Institute of the English Maiden

Attributed to
Andreas Gruber & Peter Widerin
1708-60

Sankt Pölten /  Heiligenstatuen am Institut der Englischen Fräulein   Sankt Pölten /  Heiligenstatuen am Institut der Englischen Fräulein

Description

The Institut der Englischen Fräulein (Institute of the English Maiden) is a monastery of the Institutum Beatae Mariae Virginis (since 2004 Congregation of Jesus), a congregations of Religious Sisters founded in 1609 through the work of the Venerable Mary Ward (1585-1645), who was dedicated to female education.

The Baroque monastery in Sankt Pölten was acquired in 1706 and expanded continuously in the following decades. Starting from 1748, the institute got its present appearance.

The two-storey front of the institute has a pilaster arrangement and has three prominent, richly decorated niches with statues of which the base rests on two columns, with between a saint statue. The sculptures of the façade are probably from Peter Widerin and Andreas Gruber.

East
Probably 1751
Central
probably 1708-18
sculpted by Peter Widerin
West
probably in 1767/60
sculpted by Andreas Gruber

Sankt Pölten - Heiligenstatuen am Institut der Englischen Fräulein
Burning heart, with text from psalm 51:
cor humiliatum et contritum deus non despicies
a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.

Sankt Pölten - Heiligenstatuen am Institut der Englischen Fräulein
God's eye (triangle with an eye), with text:
renoviert deus providebit anno 1862, 1866, 1926, 1956?

Sankt Pölten - Heiligenstatuen am Institut der Englischen Fräulein
Burning heart, with text:
probasti cor meum et iniquitatem non inveist
probably based on Psalm 16: Probasti cor meum, et visitasti nocte: igne me examinasti, et non est inventa in me iniquitas

Sankt Pölten - Heiligenstatuen am Institut der Englischen Fräulein
St. Joseph with Jesus
(Hebrew יוֹסֵף, "Yosef"; Greek: Ἰωσήφ), the husband of the Virgin Mary and the earthly father of Jesus Christ (in distinction to God, his "heavenly father") (Wikipedia).

Sankt Pölten - Heiligenstatuen am Institut der Englischen Fräulein
St. Mary Immaculate

Sankt Pölten - Heiligenstatuen am Institut der Englischen Fräulein
St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556), Spanish knight from a Basque noble family, hermit, priest since 1537, and theologian, founded the Society of Jesus and was its first Superior General (Wikipedia).

Sankt Pölten - Heiligenstatuen am Institut der Englischen Fräulein
St. Anna with St. Mary as girl mother of the Virgin Mary. She is often depicted with Mary as a child or a young girl (Wikipedia).

Sankt Pölten - Heiligenstatuen am Institut der Englischen Fräulein
Guardian Angel with child

Sankt Pölten - Heiligenstatuen am Institut der Englischen Fräulein
St. Catherine
(early 4th century), Virgin princess, martyr; she was condemned to death on the spiked breaking wheel, but, at her touch, it shattered (Wikipedia).

Sculptors

Sources & Information

Tags

  • Ann, St.
  • Catherine of Alexandria, St.
  • Façade with statues (church)
  • Gruber, Andreas
  • Guardian Angel
  • Ignatius of Loyola, St.
  • Joseph, St.
  • Mary (Immaculate Conception), St.
  • Widerin, Peter
  • Location N 48°12'13" E 15°37'23"

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