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Dominating the Old Town Sq in Prague is
this memorial to the 14th century
iconoclast and reformer Jan Hus, although
the figure here is not Hus himself but one
of his acolytes on the edge of the
memorial. According to Wikipedia, it was
designed by one Ladislav Šaloun in 1915
to commemorate the 500th anniversary
of Hus's martyrdom.
In about six trips to Prague, I've had many goes at photographing this famous statue,
but this is the only time that it's worked for me - the light was right, I didn't have a
broken-down BSA to get fixed, I wasn't hung-over and I had time to compose the shot.
Most people photograph the statue in long-shot, presumably as part of the record of
their trip to Prague, but I find the whole thing a bit lumpen and dull. However, this
striking detail, the follower's arm pointing almost accusingly (this is pre-Luther) toward
the Týn Church, says more about the passions of the reforming movement than does
the imperious but somewhat bland figure of Jan Hus himself, up there on his perch.
Dominating the Old Town Sq in Prague is this memorial to the 14th century iconoclast
and reformer Jan Hus, although the figure here is not Hus himself but one of his
acolytes on the edge of the memorial. According to Wikipedia, it was designed by one
Ladislav Šaloun in 1915 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Hus's martyrdom.
In about six trips to Prague, I've had many goes at photographing this famous statue,
but this is the only time that it's worked for me - the light was right, I didn't have a
broken-down BSA to get fixed, I wasn't hung-over and I had time to compose the shot.
Most people photograph the statue in long-shot, presumably as part of the record of
their trip to Prague, but I find the whole thing a bit lumpen and dull. However, this
striking detail, the follower's arm pointing almost accusingly (this is pre-Luther) toward
the Týn Church, says more about the passions of the reforming movement than does
the imperious but somewhat bland figure of Jan Hus himself, up there on his perch.
Dominating the Old Town Sq in Prague is
this memorial to the 14th century
iconoclast and reformer Jan Hus, although
the figure here is not Hus himself but one
of his acolytes on the edge of the
memorial. According to Wikipedia, it was
designed by one Ladislav Šaloun in 1915
to commemorate the 500th anniversary
of Hus's martyrdom.
In about six trips to Prague, I've had many goes at photographing this famous statue,
but this is the only time that it's worked for me - the light was right, I didn't have a
broken-down BSA to get fixed, I wasn't hung-over and I had time to compose the shot.
Most people photograph the statue in long-shot, presumably as part of the record of
their trip to Prague, but I find the whole thing a bit lumpen and dull. However, this
striking detail, the follower's arm pointing almost accusingly (this is pre-Luther) toward
the Týn Church, says more about the passions of the reforming movement than does
the imperious but somewhat bland figure of Jan Hus himself, up there on his perch.

Jan Hus statue

Dominating the Old Town Sq in Prague is this memorial to the 14th century iconoclast and reformer Jan Hus, although the figure here is not Hus himself but one of his acolytes on the edge of the memorial. According to Wikipedia, it was designed by one Ladislav Šaloun in 1915 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Hus's martyrdom.  

In about six trips to Prague, I've had many goes at photographing this famous statue, but this is the only time that it's worked for me - the light was right, I didn't have a broken-down BSA to get fixed, I wasn't hung-over and I had time to compose the shot.   Most people photograph the statue in long-shot, presumably as part of the record of their trip to Prague, but I find the whole thing a bit lumpen and dull.  However, this striking detail, the follower's arm pointing almost accusingly (this is pre-Luther) toward the Týn Church, says more about the passions of the reforming movement than does the imperious but somewhat bland figure of Jan Hus himself, up there on his perch.
 
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